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Target 155

Target 155 is a voluntary water conservation program to encourage residents in greater Melbourne to use 155 litres of water or less per person per day.

By reducing your daily water use to 155 litres per person you can help preserve our precious drinking water resources.

How are we tracking?

Average residential water use (litres per person, per day)

How to reach Target 155

There are lots of simple ways you can cut back your water use:

  • Take shorter showers (one minute less is 7-20 litres saved, depending on the type of showerhead)
  • Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth
  • Don’t rinse your dishes before putting them in the dishwasher
  • Only put the dishwasher or washing machine on if you have a full load
  • Check the weather forecast for rain before watering your garden
  • Mulch your garden to reduce evaporation
  • Make sure your pool has a cover

For more tips on saving water, check out the below fact sheet, or go to the Smart Water Mark website.

How much do I need to save?

During 2015-16 Western Water customers used an average 185 litres per person per day over the year.

Based on this figure, Western Water customers need to save on average 30 litres a day. This is around two buckets of water, and will vary from person to person and according to the time of year.

How will I know if I’m reaching the target?

There will be information on your water bill (starting November 2016) showing how you are tracking against the target.

Water-saving products

You can save lots of water at home by using water-efficient appliances and other products.

When buying a new washing machine, dishwasher or other appliance, always look out for the WELS (Water Efficient Labelling Scheme) sticker and go for the product with the highest number of stars possible.

Smart Approved Water Mark is a scheme that certifies water-efficient products and services to help you make the best choices. You can find out which products are the best water-savers, from pool covers to sprinklers, on the Smart Water Mark website.

What is Western Water doing to save water?

We have lots of programs in place to help reduce water losses and conserve drinking water, including:

  • We have 41 schools signed up to the Schools Water Efficiency Program (SWEP) in our region. Across Victoria, SWEP has saved more than two billion litres of water since 2012.
  • Pipe monitoring and maintenance to detect and repair leaks in our water mains.
  • Extending our recycled water network to enable the use of recycled water where appropriate in place of drinking water.
  • Working with key business customers to monitor, analyse and help reduce their water use.

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