Melbourne is the nation’s fastest growing city with Victoria’s population predicted to almost double to reach 10 million people by 2056. Our growing city means greater pressure on our water supplies which is why it’s important to use water wisely so we can all enjoy its benefits now and into the future.
Melbournians have adopted a great culture of using water efficiently. Residential water use across Melbourne was 159 litres per person per day in 2020-21. This is two litres more than the 2019-20 average of 157 litres per person per day.
We each just need to use four litres less each day to reach Target 155 – that's less than half a bucket of water. With some simple and easy behaviour changes such as shaving a minute off the shower and watering the garden between dusk and dawn, we can all make every drop count.
To find out if you’re meeting Target 155, look for the daily water use information on your water bill and see how it compares with the daily target of 155 litres per person.
Check out Smart Water Advice for using water wisely around your home and garden.
Page last updated: 03/06/22