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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
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 gav [...]
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 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. Bein [...]
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 gav [...]
Q&A
Overview What is Living Water Smart? Living Water Smart is a Power and Water initiative aiming to help the Darwin community become water efficient whilst maintaining our unique lifestyle. Why do we ne [...]
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 c [...]
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 Riv [...]
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 expl [...]
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 [...]
Q&A
How can I help my landlord or renter save money on their water bills? It's easy! The biggest areas of water use in Darwin households is leaks and irrigation. So concentrate on these things and you'll [...]
Latest News
Early in 2017 Living Water Smart and City of Darwin embarked on a joint green space assessment program. The aim was to assess and identify opportunities for water efficiency at Darwin’s popular parks, [...]
Offers
Living Water Smart offers Darwin businesses rebates and assistance to help you save water and ultimately, money off your bottom line - so you can concentrate on getting on with business! Water consump [...]