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.

Parap Primary School

Rainfall in last hour
0.0mm
Rainfall since midnight
13.5mm
Rainfall in last 7 days
13.5mm
Updated on
22 December 2021 at 3:37pm

Moil Primary School

Rainfall in last hour
0.0mm
Rainfall since midnight
0.0mm
Rainfall in last 7 days
0.0mm
Updated on
11 January 2022 at 1:32pm

Charles Darwin University, Casuarina

Rainfall in last hour
0.0mm
Rainfall since midnight
0.0mm
Rainfall in last 7 days
33.1mm
Updated on
19 January 2022 at 2:29am

Marrara Sporting Complex

Rainfall in last hour
0.0mm
Rainfall since midnight
0.0mm
Rainfall in last 7 days
0.0mm
Updated on
10 January 2022 at 3:54pm

Taminmin College (Humpty Doo)

Rainfall in last hour
0.0mm
Rainfall since midnight
0.0mm
Rainfall in last 7 days
89.0mm
Updated on
19 January 2022 at 2:15am

Ludmilla Primary School

Rainfall in last hour
0.0mm
Rainfall since midnight
0.0mm
Rainfall in last 7 days
0.0mm
Updated on
15 December 2021 at 10:09am

Wanguri Primary School

Rainfall in last hour
0.0mm
Rainfall since midnight
0.0mm
Rainfall in last 7 days
11.3mm
Updated on
19 January 2022 at 2:29am

Wulagi Primary School

Rainfall in last hour
0.0mm
Rainfall since midnight
0.0mm
Rainfall in last 7 days
29.9mm
Updated on
19 January 2022 at 2:30am

Anula Primary School

Rainfall in last hour
0.0mm
Rainfall since midnight
0.0mm
Rainfall in last 7 days
24.1mm
Updated on
19 January 2022 at 2:29am

Bees Creek Primary School

Rainfall in last hour
0.0mm
Rainfall since midnight
0.0mm
Rainfall in last 7 days
69.2mm
Updated on
19 January 2022 at 2:29am

Darwin Middle School

Rainfall in last hour
0.0mm
Rainfall since midnight
0.0mm
Rainfall in last 7 days
0.0mm
Updated on
19 January 2022 at 2:29am

Driver Primary

Rainfall in last hour
0.0mm
Rainfall since midnight
0.0mm
Rainfall in last 7 days
76.0mm
Updated on
19 January 2022 at 2:29am

Leanyer School

Rainfall in last hour
0.0mm
Rainfall since midnight
0.0mm
Rainfall in last 7 days
29.9mm
Updated on
19 January 2022 at 2:29am

Durack School

Rainfall in last hour
0.0mm
Rainfall since midnight
0.0mm
Rainfall in last 7 days
0.0mm
Updated on
19 January 2022 at 2:29am

Jingili Primary School

Rainfall in last hour
0.0mm
Rainfall since midnight
0.0mm
Rainfall in last 7 days
0.0mm
Updated on
16 December 2021 at 6:04pm

Karama Primary School

Rainfall in last hour
0.0mm
Rainfall since midnight
0.0mm
Rainfall in last 7 days
0.0mm
Updated on
26 October 2021 at 7:05pm

Wagaman Primary School

Rainfall in last hour
0.0mm
Rainfall since midnight
0.0mm
Rainfall in last 7 days
40.2mm
Updated on
19 January 2022 at 2:29am

Gray Primary School

Rainfall in last hour
0.0mm
Rainfall since midnight
0.0mm
Rainfall in last 7 days
0.0mm
Updated on
21 December 2021 at 10:42am

St Mary's Catholic Primary School (Darwin)

Rainfall in last hour
0.0mm
Rainfall since midnight
0.0mm
Rainfall in last 7 days
90.0mm
Updated on
19 January 2022 at 2:29am

Sanderson Middle School

Rainfall in last hour
0.0mm
Rainfall in last 7 days
0.0mm
Updated on
19 January 2022 at 2:30am

Stuart Park Primary

Rainfall in last hour
0.0mm
Rainfall in last 7 days
0.0mm
Updated on
19 January 2022 at 2:29am

Essington School (Nightcliff)

Rainfall in last hour
0.0mm
Rainfall in last 7 days
4.1mm
Updated on
19 January 2022 at 2:29am

Casuarina Senior College

Rainfall in last hour
0.0mm
Rainfall in last 7 days
0.0mm
Updated on
19 January 2022 at 2:28am

Dripstone Middle School

Rainfall in last hour
0.0mm
Rainfall in last 7 days
0.0mm
Updated on
19 January 2022 at 2:29am

Forrest Parade School (Bellamack)

Rainfall in last hour
0.0mm
Rainfall in last 7 days
20.3mm
Updated on
19 January 2022 at 2:29am

Living Water Smart HQ

Rainfall in last hour
0.0mm
Rainfall in last 7 days
0.0mm
Updated on
18 January 2022 at 12:30pm

Girraween Primary School

Rainfall in last hour
0.0mm
Rainfall in last 7 days
30.6mm
Updated on
19 January 2022 at 2:29am

Malak Primary School

Rainfall in last hour
0.0mm
Rainfall in last 7 days
33.6mm
Updated on
19 January 2022 at 2:29am

Millner Pre-School

Rainfall in last hour
0.0mm
Rainfall in last 7 days
0.0mm
Updated on
19 January 2022 at 2:29am

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