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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 [...]
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
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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
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Offers
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 [...]
Water Champions Darwin
Jingili Primary School have recently become a Living Water Smart Water Champion! With the help of Living Water Smart and local leak detection company Leak Detection NT , the school were able to find a [...]
Latest News
Here at Living Water Smart we were thrilled to see some familiar faces from Anula Primary School in this story by Gardening Australia. Hosts, Costa Georgiadis and Sophie Thomson paid the school a [...]
Water Champions Darwin
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. [...]
Why Save Water?
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Water Saving Tips
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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 [...]
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 [...]