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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

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 Saving Tips
In the wet season, there is really only one irrigation rule of thumb. Turn it off when it rains! However, keep an eye on your garden and water it if it looks really thirsty. Here are some other ways y [...]
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Galcon 7000 series The Galcon 7000 series is a user friendly, battery operated, 1 to 3 station automatic controller suited for small scale landscape applications. Single station controllers can be fit [...]
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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 [...]
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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, [...]
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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 [...]
Q&A
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. As our city grows, there is an i [...]
Water Saving Tips
A scheduled leak check of all your fixtures and toilets is a good way to ensure those small leaks don’t turn into big ones. For example, by the time you hear a toilet running it could be costing you $ [...]
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The Great NT Water Story Water is an essential ingredient to our lifestyle here in the Territory. Water has shaped our culture and landscape for thousands of years and continues to be critical today. [...]