Using water responsibly in your home is your opportunity to help secure water supplies and create greener, more liveable communities for now and into the future.
With the impact of population growth and climate change, we need to continue focus on both the supply of water and demand.
Target 155 applies to the Melbourne metro water corporations and Western Water customers and encourages them to limit their consumption to 155 litres per person per day.
Target Your Water Use is a similar program for Regional Victoria.
Melbourne is the nation's fastest growing city with Victoria's population predicted to almost double to reach 10 million people by 2051. A growing population means greater pressure on our water supplies.
Climate change poses serious risk to our water future. We know that, over the long-term, there will be less rainfall, less runoff into our rivers and storages, and more severe and prolonged droughts.
A diverse range of water sources and efficiency measures are needed to help ensure there will be enough water to meet all our needs now and into the future.
We all have a role in responsible water use and by using water efficiently we can help secure water supplies and create greener, more liveable communities now and into the future.
Average residential water use across Melbourne was 166 litres per person, per day in 2015/16.
Target 155 encourages Melbourne households to use 155 litres per person per day – this is 11 litres less each day, just over a bucket of water.
Individually this doesn't appear to be a lot of water, but if everyone does their bit it equates to around 49 million litres of water every day – that's the equivalent of nearly 20 Olympic-size swimming pools.
With some simple and easy behaviour changes we can all reach Target 155.
Target Your Water Use has been designed for our regional urban areas. Like Target 155, this program focuses on taking a longer-term view of our water usage habits, while providing locals easy access to the information they need to make informed decisions about the amount of water they use. It also recognises that each regional water corporation faces a unique set of circumstances and a one-size-fits-all approach does not work in every cases.
Water efficiency, and the need to support liveable and resilient communities, is a key focus of the state's new water plan – Water for Victoria – which looks to improve water security, protect jobs and agriculture, recognise Aboriginal water values and improve environmental health.
The Community Water Rebate Program is a targeted water rebate program to assist water corporations’ vulnerable and hardship customers. The program includes a range of products and services to improve water efficiency in households.
Originally, the Community Water Rebate Program was set up and operated during 2015/16. The program concluded on 30 June, 2016. The program in 2016/17 is similar to the 2015/16 program, however the focus is on helping vulnerable and hardship customers that cannot afford water efficiency products and services, and are struggling to pay bills.
The Community Water Rebate Program aims to reduce costs for customers and help them avoid high bills in the future. The Program does not provide subsidies for bills, but is to assist hardship and vulnerable customers to reduce water use and utility costs.
The program delivers water saving audits and rebates on products aimed at reducing water lost through leaks and old appliances.
For more information about the Community Water Rebate Program, contact your local water corporation.