Water efficiency targets

Ever wondered how much water you should be using? Find out if you're following good water use practices around your home.

How do you work out your 'target'?

Just follow these easy steps:

  1. Get your latest bill and check the months your usage charges are for and Your average daily usage for this bill
  2. Choose the months that best match the period covered by your usage charge. Don't worry if it doesn't match exactly!
  3. Choose the row that shows how many people were in your home (most of the time).
  4. Find your property size.
  5. See how much water an efficient home should be using. 

Sample bill

This is where you'll find the information on your bill.

When did you use the water?

People

in the home 

Small property 

Less than 500 m2

Medium property

501 m2 to 700 m2 

Large property

701 m2 to 900 m2  

1 person 193 L/day 195 L/day 211 L/day
2 people 341 L/day 350 L/day 371 L/day
3 people 447 L/day 462 L/day 484 L/day
4 people 512 L/day 532 L/day 556 L/day
5 people 537 L/day 560 L/day 581 L/day

What are these numbers based on?

We use water in lots of different ways around the home so there are many factors that determine how much water you use.

These numbers show litres per household per day and are based on household members:

  • using water outdoors 2-3 times a week on average to maintain lawns and garden, top up the pool, wash the car etc
  • having a 4.5 minute shower each day using a water efficient showerhead (no more than 9 litres/minute)
  • using a dual flush toilet
  • using a front loading washing machine and no more than 2 loads per person per week
  • using water efficient taps fitted with aerators
  • using the dishwasher no more than once a day
  • having a bath only occasionally
  • fixing any obvious leaks around the home.
     

People

in the home 

Small property 

Less than 500 m2

Medium property

501 m2 to 700 m2 

Large property 

701 m2 to 900 m2 

1 person 198 L/day 203 L/day 216  L/day
2 people 352 L/day 364 L/day 382 L/day
3 people 460 L/day 480 L/day 499 L/day
4 people 528 L/day 554 L/day 572 L/day
5 people 553 L/day 582 L/day 598 L/day














 

What are these numbers based on?

We use water in lots of different ways around the home so there are many factors that determine how much water you use.

These numbers show litres per household per day and are based on household members:

  • using water outdoors 2-3 times a week on average to maintain lawns and garden, top up the pool, wash the car etc
  • having a 4.5 minute shower each day using a water efficient showerhead (no more than 9 litres/minute)
  • using a dual flush toilet
  • using a front loading washing machine and no more than 2 loads per person per week
  • using water efficient taps fitted with aerators
  • using the dishwasher no more than once a day
  • having a bath only occasionally
  • fixing any obvious leaks around the home.

     

People

in the home 

Small property 

Less than 500 m2

Medium property 

501 m2 to 700 m2

Large property 

701 m2 to 900 m2 

1 person 202 L/day 203 L/day 218 L/day
2 people 357 L/day 365 L/day 385 L/day
3 people 467 L/day 481 L/day 502 L/day
4 people 536 L/day 555 L/day 576 L/day
5 people 562 L/day 584 L/day 603 L/day

What are these numbers based on?

We use water in lots of different ways around the home so there are many factors that determine how much water you use.

These numbers show litres per household per day and are based on household members:

  • using water outdoors 2-3 times a week on average to maintain lawns and garden, top up the pool, wash the car etc
  • having a 4.5 minute shower each day using a water efficient showerhead (no more than 9 litres/minute)
  • using a dual flush toilet
  • using a front loading washing machine and no more than 2 loads per person per week
  • using water efficient taps fitted with aerators
  • using the dishwasher no more than once a day
  • having a bath only occasionally
  • fixing any obvious leaks around the home.
     

People

in the home 

Small property 

Less than 500 m2

Medium property

501 m2 to 700 m2 

Large property

701 m2 to 900 m2 

1 person 185 L/day 190 L/day 202 L/day
2 people 328 L/day 342 L/day 358 L/day
3 people 429 L/day 451 L/day 467 L/day
4 people 493 L/day 519 L/day 535 L/day
5 people 516 L/day 546 L/day 560 L/day

What are these numbers based on?

We use water in lots of different ways around the home so there are many factors that determine how much water you use.

These numbers show litres per household per day and are based on household members:

  • using water outdoors 2-3 times a week on average to maintain lawns and garden, top up the pool, wash the car etc
  • having a 4.5 minute shower each day using a water efficient showerhead (no more than 9 litres/minute)
  • using a dual flush toilet
  • using a front loading washing machine and no more than 2 loads per person per week
  • using water efficient taps fitted with aerators
  • using the dishwasher no more than once a day
  • having a bath only occasionally
  • fixing any obvious leaks around the home.

     

How did you go?

Child watering the garden with a watering can

Gardens usually account for about 23% of household water use.

If you used the same or less than the numbers shown, your household has good water use practices. Thank you for using water wisely!

If not, find out how you can be more water wise in your:

WaterFix® your home

WaterFix tile

Leaking taps, toilets or showerheads?

Our special offer could help you save thousands of litres of water a year.

Learn more about WaterFix® Residential.