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. We are currently aiming to use below 200 litres/person/day.

 

Water usage for February 2019

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

 
Toilet:
  • 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
 
Shaving:
  • 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
  • dishwaster - 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.

Water saving tips

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

 

Last Updated: Thursday, 07 March 2019 15:51
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