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:

* Formally known as "Permanent conservation measures".

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


Shower: 6 to 11 litres per minute

Bath: 120 litres per filled bath

Brushing teeth:


Washing hands with water running: 3 litres per minute

Cleaning showers:

Washing dishes:

Drinking: 2 litres per person per day

Washing clothes:

Washing outdoors, including pets, furniture, car:

Watering gardens:

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:

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


Water-saving tips

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


Last Updated: Thursday, 29 August 2019 13:00