Water facts

  • About 60% of Territory household water is used in the garden.
  • We actually drink less than 1% of our water, and use the rest in our gardens, the bathroom, laundry and kitchen.
  • You flush more water down the toilet in one day than you drink in a month.
  • Two thirds of people in the world use about six buckets of water a day. The average Australian use about twice that for a single shower.
  • In Darwin, the average household use about 1225 litres of water per day. That’s about five wheelie bins (based on standard 240 litre size wheelie bins) per household per day! This includes what we use in the home, at work and in local industry.
  • If every person in Darwin turned off the tap when they brushed their teeth, half an Olympic size swimming pool of fresh clean water would be saved every day.
  • In Australia, it is law that all new toilets installed must be dual flush ones.
  • A quick shower can use a lot less water than a bath.
  • Washing your hands can use up to five litres of water. That’s about half a bucket! So, to get clean hands and save water, try lathering your hands before turning on the tap. This way water isn’t being wasted down the drain while while using the soap.
  • One person drinks about 7,500 buckets of water in an average lifetime.
  • We can survive about one month without food, but only five to seven days without water.
  • If you have a fever, drink lots of water to help regulate your body temperature.
  • Water removes waste from your body.
  • Tap water is treated in most Australian cities and towns so people don’t get sick.
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