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 will I know if I’m reaching the target?
- There is information on your water bill showing your household daily average water use. You can divide this number by the number of people in your house to see if you're meeting Target 155.
- With MyWesternWater you can also track your water use history.
- Use the Smart Water Mark calculator to see which areas of your house are using the most water. Please note this tool provides an estimate of usage only. Western Water uses physical (actual) water meter readings to calculate billed usage charges and these can be found on the back of your bill.
By taking regular reads of your meter, you can help to identify trends in usage early. If you would like assistance with this, get in touch via SMS 0480 015 200 or call on 1300 650 422.
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 51 schools signed up to the Schools Water Efficiency Program (SWEP) in our region. Since 2012, SWEP has saved more than 8.9 billion litres of water across Victoria, which would have cost $27.8M.
- 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.