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Annual Water Outlook for 2020/21

1 December 2020

Water consumption in Western Water's service region decreased by 2.1% to 16,143 million litres during 2019/20 compared to 16,477 million litres the previous financial year.

The per capita daily residential consumption reduced from 195 in 2018/19 to 179 in 2019/20.

Victoria’s response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has resulted in changed living and working conditions for many households in our region. As much of our community would otherwise be working outside the Western Water region, working from home has resulted in higher demands. This has been counteracted by above average rainfall in the summer and autumn.

However, customers are still encouraged to take shorter showers, check for household leaks and use water wisely around the home as Victoria’s climate has shown a warming and drying trend over recent decades. This trend, combined with population growth in our service region, is projected to increase demand in future years.

These practical water saving actions—part of the voluntary water efficiency program Target 155—can make a big difference to home water use.

The 2.1% decrease has been reported in WESTERN WATER’S ANNUAL WATER OUTLOOK FOR 2020/21

Every year, Western Water and other Victorian water businesses provide an overview of their region’s water supplies and the actions to be undertaken to maintain supply.

Western Water is well-positioned to meet the challenges of population growth and climate change by investing in projects that maximise use of our water supplies but we also rely on customers to use water efficiently.

Western Water’s water supply is sourced via local reservoirs, groundwater and the Melbourne system. Recycled water is also used in agriculture and to irrigate sports grounds and recreational spaces throughout the service region.

Check out how you can save water at home here.

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