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.

Bees Creek Primary School

Rainfall in last hour
0.0mm
Rainfall since midnight
57.9mm
Rainfall in last 7 days
200.1mm
Updated on
25 January 2022 at 10:59pm

Taminmin College (Humpty Doo)

Rainfall in last hour
0.0mm
Rainfall since midnight
51.8mm
Rainfall in last 7 days
154.2mm
Updated on
25 January 2022 at 10:45pm

Girraween Primary School

Rainfall in last hour
0.0mm
Rainfall since midnight
47.0mm
Rainfall in last 7 days
160.1mm
Updated on
25 January 2022 at 10:59pm

Driver Primary

Rainfall in last hour
0.0mm
Rainfall since midnight
34.8mm
Rainfall in last 7 days
190.1mm
Updated on
25 January 2022 at 10:59pm

Malak Primary School

Rainfall in last hour
0.0mm
Rainfall since midnight
19.3mm
Rainfall in last 7 days
141.8mm
Updated on
25 January 2022 at 11:00pm

St Mary's Catholic Primary School (Darwin)

Rainfall in last hour
0.0mm
Rainfall since midnight
17.5mm
Rainfall in last 7 days
126.7mm
Updated on
25 January 2022 at 11:00pm

Parap Primary School

Rainfall in last hour
0.0mm
Rainfall since midnight
13.5mm
Rainfall in last 7 days
13.5mm
Updated on
22 December 2021 at 3:37pm

Wanguri Primary School

Rainfall in last hour
0.0mm
Rainfall since midnight
13.2mm
Rainfall in last 7 days
78.5mm
Updated on
25 January 2022 at 3:19pm

Charles Darwin University, Casuarina

Rainfall in last hour
0.0mm
Rainfall since midnight
12.4mm
Rainfall in last 7 days
118.1mm
Updated on
25 January 2022 at 10:59pm

Darwin Middle School

Rainfall in last hour
0.0mm
Rainfall since midnight
11.7mm
Rainfall in last 7 days
81.8mm
Updated on
25 January 2022 at 10:59pm

Wagaman Primary School

Rainfall in last hour
0.0mm
Rainfall since midnight
10.4mm
Rainfall in last 7 days
125.4mm
Updated on
25 January 2022 at 10:59pm

Leanyer School

Rainfall in last hour
0.0mm
Rainfall since midnight
6.4mm
Rainfall in last 7 days
49.0mm
Updated on
25 January 2022 at 10:59pm

Wulagi Primary School

Rainfall in last hour
0.0mm
Rainfall since midnight
6.4mm
Rainfall in last 7 days
49.0mm
Updated on
25 January 2022 at 11:00pm

Durack School

Rainfall in last hour
0.0mm
Rainfall since midnight
0.0mm
Rainfall in last 7 days
0.0mm
Updated on
25 January 2022 at 10:59pm

Jingili Primary School

Rainfall in last hour
0.0mm
Rainfall since midnight
0.0mm
Rainfall in last 7 days
0.0mm
Updated on
16 December 2021 at 6:04pm

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

Gray Primary School

Rainfall in last hour
0.0mm
Rainfall since midnight
0.0mm
Rainfall in last 7 days
0.0mm
Updated on
21 December 2021 at 10:42am

Moil Primary School

Rainfall in last hour
0.0mm
Rainfall since midnight
0.0mm
Rainfall in last 7 days
0.0mm
Updated on
11 January 2022 at 1:32pm

Marrara Sporting Complex

Rainfall in last hour
0.0mm
Rainfall since midnight
0.0mm
Rainfall in last 7 days
0.0mm
Updated on
10 January 2022 at 3:54pm

Ludmilla Primary School

Rainfall in last hour
0.0mm
Rainfall since midnight
0.0mm
Rainfall in last 7 days
0.0mm
Updated on
15 December 2021 at 10:09am

Anula Primary School

Rainfall in last hour
0.0mm
Rainfall since midnight
0.0mm
Rainfall in last 7 days
31.2mm
Updated on
25 January 2022 at 10:59pm

Living Water Smart HQ

Rainfall in last hour
0.0mm
Rainfall in last 7 days
0.0mm
Updated on
25 January 2022 at 7:15pm

Millner Pre-School

Rainfall in last hour
0.0mm
Rainfall in last 7 days
0.0mm
Updated on
25 January 2022 at 10:59pm

Sanderson Middle School

Rainfall in last hour
0.0mm
Rainfall in last 7 days
0.0mm
Updated on
25 January 2022 at 11:00pm

Stuart Park Primary

Rainfall in last hour
0.0mm
Rainfall in last 7 days
0.0mm
Updated on
25 January 2022 at 10:59pm

Essington School (Nightcliff)

Rainfall in last hour
0.0mm
Rainfall in last 7 days
72.2mm
Updated on
25 January 2022 at 10:59pm

Casuarina Senior College

Rainfall in last hour
0.0mm
Rainfall in last 7 days
0.0mm
Updated on
25 January 2022 at 10:57pm

Dripstone Middle School

Rainfall in last hour
0.0mm
Rainfall in last 7 days
0.0mm
Updated on
25 January 2022 at 10:59pm

Forrest Parade School (Bellamack)

Rainfall in last hour
0.0mm
Rainfall in last 7 days
66.7mm
Updated on
25 January 2022 at 10:59pm

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