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Target 155

Simple tips to help save Melbourne’s precious drinking water.

Target 155 is a voluntary water conservation initiative of the Victorian Government.

It aims to encourage people to be mindful of our precious resource and reduce our average daily water use to below 155 litres per person. The average is currently 157 litres per person per day, so we have a little more work to do. Look at your water bill to find out your household’s average daily water use per person.

With Melbourne’s population growing quickly and the climate changing with extreme weather events and uncertain rainfall, we always need to look for ways to save our precious drinking water.

Every drop counts

To help reduce your daily water use, here’s some handy tips.

If we each save a little, we all save a lot.


  • Stick to 4-minute showers. This save thousands of litres of water each year.
  • Install a water-efficient showerhead. An efficient WELS 3-star rated showerhead uses as little as 5 litres every minute, compared to 15-20 litres per minute for an inefficient one.
  • Turn the tap off when brushing your teeth. A running tap can waste up to 16 litres of water every minute. 
  • Install water efficient appliances and equipment – find out more about water efficiency labelling and standards at
  • Fit flow-controlled aerators to your taps. These are inexpensive and can reduce water flow by 50%. 
  • Fix leaky taps or toilets. A leaky tap can waste 30-200 litres of water every day and a continuously running toilet can waste up to 60,000-96,000 litres of water every year.


  • Put mulch on your garden beds. This will reduce evaporation by up to 70 per cent.
  • Water your plants with shower water. Keep a bucket in the shower to capture water while it warms up.
  • Install a drip irrigation system. This will water plants more efficiently at the roots and help reduce weeds.
  • Install a rainwater tank. Your garden and back pocket will thank you.
  • Test your soil before watering. If the soil is moist, your plants don’t need watering.

More information

Melbourne Water
Find out weekly rainfall, water storage levels and daily use per person at Melbourne Water.

Melbourne water outlook
Read about Melbourne’s water outlook (PDF, 3.11MB) for the next year and projects to secure our water.

Make Every Drop Count
Visit Make Every Drop Count, a water-saving program by Greater Western Water, Melbourne Water, South East Water and Yarra Valley Water.