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​


​272 gigalitres
(166 litres per person per day)


Factories, businesses, schools, hospitals
and parks

​106 gigalitres


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

48 gigalitres​


Additional water use data is available:

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