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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

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Many people struggle to know how much to water their garden. Do you water for 20 minutes, 40 minutes, or more? How many days per week? And what type of sprinklers should you use? It sure can be confusing, but it doesn’t have to be. There are some general rules of thumb to help you work it all out.
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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.
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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 [...]
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Meet Jack from Water Dynamics ... Jack’s been enjoying everything the Territory has to offer for the last 30 years, in particular the great landscapes and amazing dry seasons of Darwin. He’s qualified [...]
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Meet Rob from Greener Grass NT ... If 56 years in Darwin doesn’t make you a local, we don’t know what does! Like most, it’s the relaxed and causal lifestyle and the enjoyment of the great outdoors [...]
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Meet Michael from Killarney Homes ... The easy access to fishing and camping right at your doorstep has kept Michael here in Darwin for the past 20 years. He has been in the landscaping game for over [...]
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Meet Quentin from Darwin Mowing... When you’ve been in the industry 27 years it is safe to say you’re part of the furniture, or in this case, part of the garden. For Quentin Green, owner of Darwin [...]
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A smart irrigation controller automatically adjusts watering based on local weather conditions. For example when it rains the smart irrigation controller will reduce or turn off your irrigation to [...]
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Meet Gerry from Longgrass Mowing... After arriving in Darwin in October 1989 after a long, hot road trip up the west coast, Gerry VanWees from Longgrass Mowing , started his first job as a Ringer on [...]
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Meet Nick from ND Irrigation and Turf... It’s the laid back lifestyle that’s kept Nick Day from ND Irrigation and Turf here in the Territory all these years. This certified irrigation designer and [...]
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Meet Dan from Down 2 Earth Gardens and Landscapes... Dan Brown from Down 2 Earth Gardens and Landscapes has been in the industry for over 10 years. With qualifications in horticulture and permaculture [...]
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27 June 2019 More than 350 year 7 students unveiled their innovative solutions, campaigns and projects designed to influence water consumption in the Darwin region this week. The Darwin Water [...]
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Congratulations Darwin! You have reduced your average residential water use by 20% over the last 5 years! Gone are the days of watering down footpaths, washing cars on the concrete driveway and [...]
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For the second year running, Living Water Smart is running a program in schools designed to create generational change and broad community awareness around the issue of water consumption in the Darwin region, called The Darwin Water Challenge.