Melbourne is the nation’s fastest growing city with Victoria’s population predicted to almost double to reach 10 million people by 2051. 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 162 litres per person per day in 2018/19. This is only one litre more than the previous 2017/18 and 2016/17 average of 161 litres per person per day despite drier conditions for much of the year.
We each just need to use seven litres less each day - that's less than 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 reach Target 155.
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: 03/08/21