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Understanding your water usage

Shower water head

Our region is in the grips of drought and we need to all work together to conserve water. We are aiming to reduce our water consumption to 200 litres/person/day. As you can see in the table below, some areas are already reaching and exceeding this target.

To keep up to date with water information you can view the following pages:


How our water consumption is tracking

The table below ranks the actual water consumption in our towns each month. This data includes system losses. We are currently aiming to use:

  • Low 200 litres/person/day
  • Medium 200 litres/person/day
  • High 170 litres/person/day

How much water ordinary activities use

To help you reduce your water consumption we have listed the amount of water used when performing everyday activities around the home. You can use these figures to calculate how much water you and your family are using, and plan how to reduce your consumption.

Water used during everyday activities


  • dual flush - 3 litres per half flush, 6 or 4.5 litres per full flush (depending on the toilet)
  • single flush only - 11 litres per flush

Shower: 6 to 11 litres per minute

Bath: 120 litres per filled bath

Brushing teeth:

  • with water running - 3 litres per minute
  • with a cup - 0.5 litre per person


  • with water running - 3 litres per minute
  • with a cup - 0.5 litre per person

Washing hands with water running: 3 litres per minute

Cleaning showers:

  • with the shower running - 6 to 11 litres per minute
  • with a bucket - 9 litres per filled bucket

Washing dishes:

  • by hand - 15 litres per half-filled sink
  • dishwasher - 7 litres per load (5 star WELS rated), older dishwashers can use up to 25 litres per load

Drinking: 2 litres per person per day

Washing clothes:

  • by hand - 22 litres per half-filled laundry trough
  • washing machine e.g. 6kg load capacity - 30 litres per load (6 star WELS rated), 88 litres per load (3 star WELS rated), older machines up to 180 litres per load

Washing outdoors, including pets, furniture, car:

  • using running hose - 15 litres per minute
  • using a filled bucket - 9 litres per bucket

Watering gardens:

  • with a hose - 15 litres per minute
  • with a sprinkler - 9–15 litres per minute

Hosing driveways / pavements: 15 litres per minute

Topping up pool / spa / water features: 15 litres per minute

The figures above were collected from the Queensland Government Department of Energy and Water Supply. Figures quoted are approximate.


How to estimate your daily usage

There are several ways you can estimate your daily water usage:

  • Use the usage estimates above to calculate your usage.
  • Check your water rates notice. This shows your daily water consumption for the household and compares it to the usage in the previous water rates period. 
  • Check your water meter. Information about how to read your water meter can be found in our 'Water meter' article.
  • Water Corporation have a great water usage calculator which can estimate the daily water usage for your household. This allows you to identify possible areas of improvement. Open the water use calculator.
  • Appliances that are reasonably new come with the manufacturer's product information which will tell you how much water they use.

By checking your water consumption monthly you can help reduce the amount of water consumed in our region and quickly detect any unexplained increases in water use that may indicate a leak. Read more about water leaks here.


Town water system losses

System losses occur primarily as a result of leaks in our network or legal unmetered use such as testing fire hydrants and systems or fighting a fire. Some customers misuse fire hydrants and we are considering installing meters on fire systems.

Council also has standpipes and there is evidence of water losses due to inadvertent or deliberate misuse of standpipes resulting in water not being paid for. Water leaks are also a contributor to system losses.

The generally accepted limit of system leakage throughout the industry is approximately 10-15%.

System losses June 2019

  • Blue Mountain Heights 21.42%
  • Brookstead 14.00%
  • Cambooya 13.00%
  • Cecil Plains 13.00%
  • Clifton 16.40%
  • Crows Nest 15.28%
  • Goombungee 18.00%
  • Gowrie Junction 18.00%
  • Gowrie Mountain 13.00%
  • Greenmount 11.00%
  • Haden 15.00%
  • Hampton 15.00%
  • Highfields / Cabarlah / M.East 18.00%
  • Hodgson Vale 11.83%
  • Jondaryan 16.04%
  • Kingsthorpe 10.00%
  • Meringandan West 18.00%
  • Millmerran 16.00%
  • Nobby 18.30%
  • Oakey 15.00%
  • Pittsworth 14.00%
  • Southbrook 14.00%
  • Toowoomba City 15.00%
  • Vale View 18.86%
  • Wyreema 14.00%
  • Yarraman 16.00%


Water-saving tips

We have a collection of water tips to help you save water at home and at work:


Last Updated: Monday, 28 October 2019 14:37
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