Water use data

Melbourne’s water use has varied over the years, from the high consumption of the 1980's to the water-saving efforts during the 1997-2009 drought.

How Melbourne’s water is used

In 2015/16 Melbourne’s total water use was 426 gigalitres.

​Usage type Water use​ Percentage​

Residential

​272 gigalitres
(166 litres per person per day)

​64%

​Non-residential
Factories, businesses, schools, hospitals
and parks

​106 gigalitres

​25%

​Non-revenue
Water not paid for by customers, e.g. firefighting or lost through water main bursts

48 gigalitres​

11%​

Additional water use data is available:

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