Melbourne is the nation’s fastest growing city with Victoria’s population predicted 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.
Melburnians 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 a few litres less each day to reach Target 150 – 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 150, look for the daily water use information on your water bill and see how it compares with the daily target of 150 litres per person.
Check out Smart Water Advice for using water wisely around your home and garden.
Target 150 is being implemented locally by each Melbourne urban water corporation.
Page last updated: 19/05/23