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
45.0mm
Rainfall in last 7 days
65.6mm
Updated on
22 January 2021 at 4:14pm

Sacred Heart Catholic School (Woodroffe)

Rainfall in last hour
0.0mm
Rainfall since midnight
41.9mm
Rainfall in last 7 days
96.8mm
Updated on
22 January 2021 at 4:14pm

Gray Primary School

Rainfall in last hour
0.0mm
Rainfall since midnight
35.1mm
Rainfall in last 7 days
87.2mm
Updated on
22 January 2021 at 4:14pm

Driver Primary

Rainfall in last hour
0.0mm
Rainfall since midnight
29.2mm
Rainfall in last 7 days
88.4mm
Updated on
22 January 2021 at 4:14pm

Forrest Parade School (Bellamack)

Rainfall in last hour
5.1mm
Rainfall since midnight
28.4mm
Rainfall in last 7 days
86.1mm
Updated on
22 January 2021 at 4:14pm

Darwin Middle School

Rainfall in last hour
0.8mm
Rainfall since midnight
18.0mm
Rainfall in last 7 days
46.0mm
Updated on
22 January 2021 at 4:14pm

Woodroffe Primary School

Rainfall in last hour
0.2mm
Rainfall since midnight
17.3mm
Rainfall in last 7 days
77.0mm
Updated on
22 January 2021 at 3:39pm

Marrara Sporting Complex

Rainfall in last hour
1.3mm
Rainfall since midnight
16.3mm
Rainfall in last 7 days
60.3mm
Updated on
22 January 2021 at 4:15pm

Essington School (Nightcliff)

Rainfall in last hour
1.5mm
Rainfall since midnight
15.7mm
Rainfall in last 7 days
71.8mm
Updated on
22 January 2021 at 4:14pm

Durack School

Rainfall in last hour
0.3mm
Rainfall since midnight
15.5mm
Rainfall in last 7 days
64.7mm
Updated on
22 January 2021 at 4:14pm

Dripstone Middle School

Rainfall in last hour
1.0mm
Rainfall since midnight
13.0mm
Rainfall in last 7 days
70.0mm
Updated on
22 January 2021 at 4:14pm

Wanguri Primary School

Rainfall in last hour
1.0mm
Rainfall since midnight
12.4mm
Rainfall in last 7 days
55.3mm
Updated on
22 January 2021 at 4:15pm

Stuart Park Primary

Rainfall in last hour
0.8mm
Rainfall since midnight
12.2mm
Rainfall in last 7 days
28.0mm
Updated on
22 January 2021 at 4:14pm

Parap Primary School

Rainfall in last hour
1.5mm
Rainfall since midnight
11.9mm
Rainfall in last 7 days
41.0mm
Updated on
22 January 2021 at 4:00pm

Charles Darwin University, Casuarina

Rainfall in last hour
1.5mm
Rainfall since midnight
11.7mm
Rainfall in last 7 days
60.0mm
Updated on
22 January 2021 at 4:14pm

Casuarina Senior College

Rainfall in last hour
1.0mm
Rainfall since midnight
10.9mm
Rainfall in last 7 days
52.4mm
Updated on
22 January 2021 at 4:14pm

Wagaman Primary School

Rainfall in last hour
1.0mm
Rainfall since midnight
10.7mm
Rainfall in last 7 days
51.4mm
Updated on
22 January 2021 at 4:14pm

Malak Primary School

Rainfall in last hour
0.8mm
Rainfall since midnight
10.7mm
Rainfall in last 7 days
60.0mm
Updated on
22 January 2021 at 4:15pm

Moil Primary School

Rainfall in last hour
1.0mm
Rainfall since midnight
10.4mm
Rainfall in last 7 days
48.6mm
Updated on
22 January 2021 at 4:14pm

Millner Pre-School

Rainfall in last hour
1.0mm
Rainfall since midnight
10.2mm
Rainfall in last 7 days
16.3mm
Updated on
22 January 2021 at 4:14pm

Milkwood Steiner School (Berrimah)

Rainfall in last hour
0.5mm
Rainfall since midnight
9.7mm
Rainfall in last 7 days
64.0mm
Updated on
22 January 2021 at 4:14pm

Humpty Doo Primary School

Rainfall in last hour
0.5mm
Rainfall since midnight
9.4mm
Rainfall in last 7 days
43.5mm
Updated on
22 January 2021 at 4:14pm

St Mary's Catholic Primary School (Darwin)

Rainfall in last hour
0.5mm
Rainfall since midnight
9.4mm
Rainfall in last 7 days
43.5mm
Updated on
22 January 2021 at 4:14pm

Sanderson Middle School

Rainfall in last hour
0.0mm
Rainfall since midnight
6.9mm
Rainfall in last 7 days
13.0mm
Updated on
22 January 2021 at 4:00pm

Anula Primary School

Rainfall in last hour
0.8mm
Rainfall since midnight
4.3mm
Rainfall in last 7 days
40.1mm
Updated on
22 January 2021 at 4:14pm

Taminmin College (Humpty Doo)

Rainfall in last hour
0.0mm
Rainfall since midnight
1.3mm
Rainfall in last 7 days
64.2mm
Updated on
22 January 2021 at 4:00pm

Ludmilla Primary School

Rainfall in last hour
0.0mm
Rainfall since midnight
0.3mm
Rainfall in last 7 days
34.1mm
Updated on
20 January 2021 at 1:45pm

St Paul’s Nightcliff

Rainfall in last hour
0.0mm
Rainfall since midnight
0.0mm
Rainfall in last 7 days
0.0mm
Updated on
11 November 2020 at 2:00pm

Living Water Smart HQ

Rainfall in last hour
0.0mm
Rainfall since midnight
0.0mm
Rainfall in last 7 days
0.0mm
Updated on
03 December 2020 at 10:15am

Girraween Primary School

Rainfall in last hour
0.0mm
Rainfall since midnight
0.0mm
Rainfall in last 7 days
0.0mm
Updated on
14 January 2021 at 7:35pm

Jingili Primary School

Rainfall in last hour
0.0mm
Rainfall since midnight
0.0mm
Rainfall in last 7 days
0.0mm
Updated on
22 January 2021 at 4:10pm

St Francis of Assisi Catholic school (Humpty Doo)

Rainfall in last hour
0.0mm
Rainfall since midnight
0.0mm
Rainfall in last 7 days
0.0mm
Updated on
22 January 2021 at 1:44am

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