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.

St Paul’s Nightcliff

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0.3mm
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2.1mm
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21 September 2020 at 5:07am

Dripstone Middle School

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0.0mm
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02 October 2020 at 1:44am

Milkwood Steiner School (Berrimah)

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02 October 2020 at 1:44am

Durack School

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0.0mm
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0.0mm
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02 October 2020 at 1:44am

Charles Darwin University, Casuarina

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02 October 2020 at 1:44am

Parap Primary School

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0.0mm
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02 October 2020 at 1:45am

Taminmin College (Humpty Doo)

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02 October 2020 at 1:30am

Millner Primary School

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0.0mm
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02 October 2020 at 1:44am

Woodroffe Primary School

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02 October 2020 at 1:45am

Marrara Sporting Complex

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02 October 2020 at 1:44am

Sanderson Middle School

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0.0mm
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0.0mm
Updated on
02 October 2020 at 1:30am

Stuart Park Primary

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0.0mm
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0.0mm
Updated on
02 October 2020 at 1:44am

Essington School (Nightcliff)

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0.0mm
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0.0mm
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0.0mm
Updated on
02 October 2020 at 1:44am

Humpty Doo Primary School

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0.0mm
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0.0mm
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0.0mm
Updated on
28 September 2020 at 11:47pm

Casuarina Senior College

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0.0mm
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0.0mm
Updated on
02 October 2020 at 1:44am

Forrest Parade School (Bellamack)

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0.0mm
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02 October 2020 at 1:44am

Leanyer School

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02 October 2020 at 1:44am

Living Water Smart HQ

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22 September 2020 at 2:30am

Anula Primary School

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0.0mm
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02 October 2020 at 1:44am

Wagaman Primary School

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0.0mm
Updated on
01 October 2020 at 2:14am

Bees Creek Primary School

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0.0mm
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0.0mm
Updated on
02 October 2020 at 1:44am

Gray Primary School

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0.0mm
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0.0mm
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0.0mm
Updated on
02 October 2020 at 1:44am

Darwin Middle School

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0.0mm
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0.0mm
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0.0mm
Updated on
02 October 2020 at 1:44am

Sacred Heart Catholic School (Woodroffe)

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0.0mm
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0.0mm
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0.0mm
Updated on
02 October 2020 at 1:44am

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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.