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.

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Millner Primary School

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Sanderson Middle School

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Marrara Sporting Complex

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Stuart Park Primary

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Humpty Doo Primary School

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Casuarina Senior College

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Anula Primary School

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Forrest Parade School (Bellamack)

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Bees Creek Primary School

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Leanyer School

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Darwin Middle School

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Mackillop Catholic College (Johnston)

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Dripstone Middle School

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Living Water Smart HQ

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Durack School

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Girraween Primary School

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Karama Primary School

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Wagaman Primary School

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Malak Primary School

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Gray Primary School

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Moil Primary School

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Sacred Heart Catholic School (Woodroffe)

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Milkwood Steiner School (Berrimah)

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Taminmin College (Humpty Doo)

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Charles Darwin University, Casuarina

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Wulagi Primary School

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St Paul’s Nightcliff

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