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Are You a High User?

Alice Springs residents are among the highest water users anywhere in Australia.

The average household in Alice Springs  (includes all houses, units and granny flats) uses about 530,000 litres per year. The national average is 190,000 litres, however after allowing for the unique environment of Alice Springs, a reasonably water efficient household in Alice Springs (with water efficient appliances and with outdoor water smart irrigation of an average garden and lawn) has been found to use about 370,000 litres per year. However, there are a lot of different household types in Alice Springs - units and apartments would expect to use less than a detached house with gardens and lawns. Participants in Alice Water Smart were predominantly these detached houses. A typical house with a garden in Alice Springs was found to  use around 792,000 litres per year.


The graph to the left shows the distribution of water use for the 1000 households receiving Water Efficiency Consultations under Alice Water Smart. These were predominantly detached houses with gardens and lawns and you can see the that the vast majority were well above the national average (190kL pa) as well as the Alice Springs efficient household (370kL pa).


Did you know?

  • A high percentage of Alice Springs gardens are over watered
  • A well managed lawn should only need watering once or twice per week in summer
  • Installing a new 4 Star or higher dual flush toilet could save you 35,000 litres of water a year
  • Fitting a 3-star water efficient showerhead will save around 60 litres on every 5 minute shower
  • A 4-star washing machine can save 21,000 litres of water a year compared to older machines
  • An average swimming pool can lose up to 60,000 litres of water a year through evaporation; a pool cover can reduce water lost by up to 90%