Man wondering how much to water his garden

So, why do we need to save water in the Top End?

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.

Find out why we need to save water in Darwin

Save water in your garden by checking your local weather.

St Mary's Catholic Primary School (Darwin)

Rainfall in last hour
0.0mm
Rainfall since midnight
10.9mm
Rainfall in last 7 days
45.0mm
Updated on
08 December 2021 at 9:45pm

Bees Creek Primary School

Rainfall in last hour
0.0mm
Rainfall since midnight
6.1mm
Rainfall in last 7 days
29.5mm
Updated on
08 December 2021 at 9:44pm

Malak Primary School

Rainfall in last hour
0.0mm
Rainfall since midnight
5.8mm
Rainfall in last 7 days
36.5mm
Updated on
08 December 2021 at 9:45pm

Wulagi Primary School

Rainfall in last hour
0.0mm
Rainfall since midnight
5.3mm
Rainfall in last 7 days
40.1mm
Updated on
08 December 2021 at 9:45pm

Leanyer School

Rainfall in last hour
0.0mm
Rainfall since midnight
5.3mm
Rainfall in last 7 days
40.1mm
Updated on
08 December 2021 at 9:45pm

Wagaman Primary School

Rainfall in last hour
0.0mm
Rainfall since midnight
4.6mm
Rainfall in last 7 days
39.7mm
Updated on
08 December 2021 at 9:45pm

Darwin Middle School

Rainfall in last hour
0.0mm
Rainfall since midnight
4.3mm
Rainfall in last 7 days
41.6mm
Updated on
08 December 2021 at 9:44pm

Wanguri Primary School

Rainfall in last hour
0.0mm
Rainfall since midnight
2.5mm
Rainfall in last 7 days
15.7mm
Updated on
08 December 2021 at 9:45pm

Charles Darwin University, Casuarina

Rainfall in last hour
0.0mm
Rainfall since midnight
2.3mm
Rainfall in last 7 days
21.9mm
Updated on
08 December 2021 at 9:44pm

Dripstone Middle School

Rainfall in last hour
0.0mm
Rainfall since midnight
1.8mm
Rainfall in last 7 days
10.7mm
Updated on
08 December 2021 at 9:36pm

Moil Primary School

Rainfall in last hour
0.0mm
Rainfall since midnight
1.3mm
Rainfall in last 7 days
22.7mm
Updated on
08 December 2021 at 9:44pm

Jingili Primary School

Rainfall in last hour
0.0mm
Rainfall since midnight
1.3mm
Rainfall in last 7 days
23.9mm
Updated on
08 December 2021 at 9:44pm

Milkwood Steiner School (Berrimah)

Rainfall in last hour
0.0mm
Rainfall since midnight
0.5mm
Rainfall in last 7 days
26.9mm
Updated on
06 December 2021 at 3:16pm

Ludmilla Primary School

Rainfall in last hour
0.0mm
Rainfall since midnight
0.5mm
Rainfall in last 7 days
18.8mm
Updated on
08 December 2021 at 9:44pm

Millner Pre-School

Rainfall in last hour
0.0mm
Rainfall since midnight
0.0mm
Rainfall in last 7 days
22.2mm
Updated on
08 December 2021 at 9:44pm

Taminmin College (Humpty Doo)

Rainfall in last hour
0.0mm
Rainfall since midnight
0.0mm
Rainfall in last 7 days
28.7mm
Updated on
08 December 2021 at 9:30pm

Marrara Sporting Complex

Rainfall in last hour
0.0mm
Rainfall since midnight
0.0mm
Rainfall in last 7 days
20.7mm
Updated on
08 December 2021 at 9:44pm

Anula Primary School

Rainfall in last hour
0.0mm
Rainfall since midnight
0.0mm
Rainfall in last 7 days
0.0mm
Updated on
08 December 2021 at 9:44pm

Essington School (Nightcliff)

Rainfall in last hour
0.0mm
Rainfall since midnight
0.0mm
Rainfall in last 7 days
0.3mm
Updated on
08 December 2021 at 9:44pm

Forrest Parade School (Bellamack)

Rainfall in last hour
0.0mm
Rainfall since midnight
0.0mm
Rainfall in last 7 days
5.3mm
Updated on
08 December 2021 at 9:44pm

Driver Primary

Rainfall in last hour
0.0mm
Rainfall since midnight
0.0mm
Rainfall in last 7 days
22.6mm
Updated on
08 December 2021 at 9:44pm

Durack School

Rainfall in last hour
0.0mm
Rainfall since midnight
0.0mm
Rainfall in last 7 days
0.0mm
Updated on
08 December 2021 at 9:44pm

Girraween Primary School

Rainfall in last hour
0.0mm
Rainfall since midnight
0.0mm
Rainfall in last 7 days
16.3mm
Updated on
08 December 2021 at 9:44pm

Karama Primary School

Rainfall in last hour
0.0mm
Rainfall since midnight
0.0mm
Rainfall in last 7 days
0.0mm
Updated on
26 October 2021 at 7:05pm

St Paul’s Nightcliff

Rainfall in last hour
0.0mm
Rainfall in last 7 days
0.0mm
Updated on
07 December 2021 at 9:59am

Woodroffe Primary School

Rainfall in last hour
0.0mm
Rainfall in last 7 days
1.3mm
Updated on
08 December 2021 at 9:44pm

Sanderson Middle School

Rainfall in last hour
0.0mm
Rainfall in last 7 days
0.0mm
Updated on
08 December 2021 at 9:45pm

Stuart Park Primary

Rainfall in last hour
0.0mm
Rainfall in last 7 days
0.0mm
Updated on
08 December 2021 at 9:44pm

Casuarina Senior College

Rainfall in last hour
0.0mm
Rainfall in last 7 days
0.0mm
Updated on
08 December 2021 at 9:44pm

Living Water Smart HQ

Rainfall in last hour
0.0mm
Rainfall in last 7 days
17.3mm
Updated on
08 December 2021 at 10:30am

Gray Primary School

Rainfall in last hour
0.0mm
Rainfall in last 7 days
0.0mm
Updated on
08 December 2021 at 9:44pm

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