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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

Water Saving Tips
During the Dry Season your lawns, garden beds and native plants have to deal with six to seven months of no rain at all, so it is important to know how to keep them healthy without over watering. When [...]
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Living Water Smart's Garden Tune Up provides a free garden irrigation audit at your home or business by one of our registered irrigation experts. The irrigator will reprogram your irrigation controller to provide your garden with the water it needs, when it needs it. It also includes up to $50 of on-the-spot irrigation repairs.
Water Saving Tips
When planning your garden, selecting plants that thrive in conditions that change from months of drought to months of heavy monsoonal rain is a must! Luckily, there are some beautiful options, that [...]
Water Champions Darwin
With a garden made up of exotics, natives and lawn, Kevin was able to use the Garden Tune Up to set a more water efficient schedule based on the needs of each plant type. "Our water bill was getting [...]
Water Champions Darwin
Ever wondered what your irrigation system is getting up to when you're not at home? Turns out Jackie's sprinklers weren't doing what they were supposed to and she was over watering. "The Garden Tune [...]
Water Saving Tips
Whether you have a large commercial kitchen or a small tea room, it's worth conserving water. It will save you money and help Darwin save water! Here are some of our top tips for saving water in the [...]
Water Champions Darwin
Kate was able to use the Garden Tune Up rebate to help with her watering schedule and has saved $650 off her annual water bill! "It is so important to turn off your irrigation system come the wet [...]
Water Champions Darwin
Paul and his family have always been water conscious. "We only water the garden and grass every second day and regularly mulch and bark the garden to help retain water for our plants. We even go as [...]
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21 June 2018 Year 7 students have presented their creative solutions to help influence and improve community water consumption in the Darwin region at the Darwin Water Expo at MacKillop Catholic [...]
Latest News
What do this year’s Cyclone Marcus and 2011’s Cyclone Carlos have in common? Practically nothing, if you are measuring the amount of rain that fell in the Darwin River Dam catchment area. With the [...]
Water Saving Tips
During the Dry Season your lawns, garden beds and native plants have to deal with six to seven months of no rain at all, so it is important to know how to keep them healthy without over watering. When [...]
Water Champions Darwin
The Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, with the help of Power and Water’s Living Water Smart program have made significant water savings by fixing leaks and some simple changes to their [...]
Water Saving Tips
Here are some things you should know... Our gardens are a vital part of our lifestyle. They contribute to our well-being by providing aesthetically pleasing and functional environments for our [...]
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In it is third year That’s My Water! is helping some of Darwin’s youngest residents understand why it’s important to live water smart in Darwin. That’s My Water! is a collaboration between Living [...]