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So, why do we need to save water in the Darwin region?

Good question! While it may rain a lot in the wet season, only a small percentage of this water actually falls in the Darwin River Dam and surrounding catchment area. Around two thirds of this water evaporates due to our climate, and we never know how much rain we are going to get from year to year. Our increasing population over the years has meant increases in our water use, and it might surprise you to know we currently use almost twice as much water as other cities with similar climates.

In Darwin we use more water than can be captured and supplied in the long term. While Darwin plans for the future, everyone needs to play their part to be water smart. Find out more by taking a journey through Darwin’s water story.

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Here's what's happening in the water saving community

Why Save Water?
Many people think that Darwin has an endless supply of water, but this is a myth. We are currently using more water than can be captured and supplied in the long term. But our Dam fills up in the Wet? [...]
Water Saving Tips
In the wet season, there is really only one irrigation rule of thumb. Turn it off when it rains! However, keep an eye on your garden and water it if it looks really thirsty. Here are some other ways [...]
Water Champions
Jingili Primary School have recently become a Living Water Smart Water Champion! With the help of Living Water Smart and local leak detection company Leak Detection NT , the school were able to find a [...]
Latest News
Here at Living Water Smart we were thrilled to see some familiar faces from Anula Primary School in this story by Gardening Australia. Hosts, Costa Georgiadis and Sophie Thomson paid the school a [...]
Water Champions
Here at Living Water Smart we are always on the lookout for those wonderful people in our community who take action to save water! Scroll down to read about a few of our fabulous Water Champions. [...]
Why Save Water?
Have you ever thought about where your water comes from? You just turn on your tap or irrigation sprinkler and it is there, but do you know where the water begins its journey? Around 85 per cent comes [...]
Water Saving Tips
These are the three Rs of the Wet Season. Self-proclaimed tree hugger, Dan from Down 2 Earth Gardens and Landscapes , is a long time Territorian having arrived in the Top End in 1995. In 2008, Dan [...]
Q&A
Overview Please note: The last day plumbers can provide leak find and fix services under the rebate scheme is Monday 30 April at 5pm. What is Living Water Smart? Living Water Smart is a Power and [...]
Q&A
Hunter Hydrawise Recently released onto the market is the Hunter Hydrawise smart controller. The Hydrawise system automatically adjusts your watering based on accurate local weather data. The system [...]
Offers
Living Water Smart offers a $300 - $500 Garden Tune Up rebate, where local expert irrigators come to your home or business to tune up your irrigation, so you have the same great garden using less water.
Water Saving Tips
In Darwin, we need to be careful about our water use all year round – even in the wet. While it may rain a lot in the wet season, only a small percentage of this water actually falls in the Darwin [...]
Offers
If you’ve found a leak in your home, it pays not to overlook it. Use Living Water Smart’s Leak Find and Fix rebate.
Latest News
In 2016, Jingili Primary School took part in That’s My Water! - a unit of work mapped to the Australian Curriculum and developed in consultation with principals and teachers that empowers kids to [...]
Water Saving Tips
Water use in a school can be a huge expense. There’s a lot of grass to keep green and plenty of other jobs to do! Some schools we’ve worked with have had daily watering costs of up to $300! Now, there [...]