Melbourne’s increasing population and a warming, drying climate have contributed to our water storages decreasing. Whilst Melbourne’s water supplies are secure for this year, Melburnians are being encouraged to make every drop count with a target usage of 155 litres per person per day.
Melbourne’s annual water outlook report shows our water storage level is 63.9% thanks to Victorian Government water saving policies such as the Victorian Desalination Plant, forward-planning by our water organisations and the continued efforts of Melburnians.
Yet the report also identified real and growing challenges to our water supply that reminds Melburnians of the need to continue using water wisely every day to protect our water supply for the future.
The report found Melburnians each use on average 162 litres of water per day – seven litres higher than the target of 155 litres of water per person, per day.
Residential water use made up 65 per cent of Melbourne’s water use, with showering making up 31 per cent of the water we use at home.
There are many easy ways we can save water at home. These include simple changes, like brushing your teeth with the tap off, shaving one minute off your shower time, and sorting out water leaks to save water and your back pocket.
Other simple tips for the home include choosing water efficient washing machines and dishwashers, using a trigger nozzle to water the garden, and using a bucket to wash your car instead of the hose.
If we each save a little bit of water, we all save a lot. In fact, we each only need to save seven litres of water a day, or less than a bucket load, to support our city’s water security.
For more water saving tips, search Target 155 or visit www.makeeverydropcount.com.au
Melbourne’s Water Outlook 2020 report is a collaboration between City West Water, Melbourne Water, South East Water and Yarra Valley Water.
The organisations come together to assess and predict impacts to the city’s water storages for the coming year and continue to keep our water supplies secure.
To view the report, please visit www.yvw.com.au/wateroutlookreport