Water consumption levels vary throughout Australia. Average daily water use ranges from as little as 100 litres per person in some coastal areas to more than 800 litres per person in the dry inland areas. The current average daily water consumption is 340 litres per person, or 900 litres per household. In addition, an average of 150 litres of water per person is used every day in the workplace by industry and commerce, community uses such as watering of public parks and gardens, firefighting and system leakage.
The following graph shows the areas of reticulated water usage in Wagga Wagga during a typical peak day.
You can significantly reduce your outdoor water consumption by replacing some lawn with a low maintenance and water efficient garden.
How much water is used, on average, in general household activities?
|Toilet flush (single flush cistern)||12 litres|
|Shower (10 minutes)||200 litres|
|Dishwasher load||50 litres|
|Washing machine load||150 litres|
|Brushing teeth with tap running||5 litres|
|Drinking, cooking, cleaning per person per day||10 litres|
|Hand basin per use||5 litres|
|Garden sprinkler per hour||1000 litres|
|Garden dripper per hour||4 litres|
|Car Washing with hose||200 litres|
|Hosing driveway||100 litres|
|Total daily consumption per household||900 litres|