Benchmarks for water use

Compare your water use with similar businesses

We've developed simple benchmarks so you can see how your business's water use compares. Benchmarking helps you measure your performance, compare your performance against other similar businesses, identify potential inefficiencies, determine realistic operating targets and better plan for changes in your operations. Find the appropriate benchmark for your business type.


Benchmarks

Each business type has its own benchmark measure for efficient water use.

An important part of your benchmark is the Key Business Activity Indicator (KBAI). This is a measure of how much water an efficient business uses for specific activities. 

Follow these steps to work out your benchmark.

  1. Determine your water use in kilolitres a year.
  2. Identify your yearly KBAI.
  3. Divide the kilolitres of water you use a year by your KBAI. This is your benchmark.

Find the appropriate benchmark for your business type below.

Knowing your benchmark helps you operate more efficiently.


Aquatic leisure centres

Rating

Benchmark litres per bather

Benchmark litres per patron

Best practice

<20

<10

Efficient

20 to 40

10 to 25

Fair

40 to 60

25 to 40

Inefficient

>60

>40

For more details, read our Best practice guidelines for water management in aquatic leisure centres (5.6MB).


Clubs

Club facility type

Benchmark

With no cooling tower or swimming pool

20 litres per customer per day

With cooling towers and no swimming pool

22 litres per customer per day

With cooling towers and swimming pool

28 litres per customer per day

For more details, read our Best practice guidelines for water efficiency in clubs (11MB).


Commercial kitchens

Rating

Benchmark

Efficient

<35 litres per food cover

Fair

35 to 45 litres per food cover

Inefficient

>45 litres per food cover


Commercial laundries

Rating

Benchmark without reuse water

Benchmark with reuse water

Efficient

17 to 22 litres per kilogram linen

12 to 15 litres per kilogram linen

Fair

22 to 26 litres per kilogram linen

15 to 18 litres per kilogram linen

Inefficient

> 26 litres per kilogram linen

> 18 litres per kilogram linen


Commercial office buildings and shopping areas

Ratings

Benchmark with cooling towers

Benchmark without cooling towers

Best practice

0.77 kilolitres per square metre per year

0.40 kilolitres per square metre per year

Efficient

0.84 kilolitres per square metre per year

0.47 kilolitres per square metre per year

Fair

1.01 kilolitres per square metre per year

0.64 kilolitres per square metre per year


Hotels

Rating

Benchmark

Best practice

0.4 kilolitres per room per day

Efficient

0.4 to 0.45 kilolitres per room per day


Turf irrigation

Rating

Best practice benchmark

Elite

4 to 9 megalitres per hectare per year

Regional

2.5 to 5 megalitres per hectare per year

Local

1.5 to 3.5 megalitres per hectare per year

Passive

0 to 2.5 megalitres per hectare per year

For more details, read our Best practice guidelines for holistic open space turf management (6MB).


Get help

If we've assigned a relationship manager to you, we can help benchmark your business's water use. We'll organise a relationship management meeting to help you: 

  • identify your key business activity indicator (KBAI) 
  • track your historical water use 
  • determine your benchmark 
  • compare your benchmark against other similar businesses
  • recommend efficiency improvements.

Contact your business customer representative on 1300 985 227 or businesscustomers@sydneywater.com.au.