The Victorian Government works with partners, industry and the community to ensure we make the best use of our precious water supplies. The successful Target 155 water efficiency program for metropolitan Melbourne has been reactivated and there is now a new program, Target Your Water Use for regional Victoria.
Target 155 was hugely successful during the millennium drought when Melburnians were asked to limit their water consumption to 155 litres per person per day. Melburnians have proudly adopted a great culture of saving water, which has seen a 22 per cent fall in their water consumption over the past
10 years, but it's important that this continues into the future. With some simple and easy behaviour changes we can all reach Target 155. Average water consumption in 2015/2016 was 166 litres per person per day. If everyone saved just over a bucket of water per day, this would equate to around 49 million
litres of water – the equivalent of nearly 20 Olympic size swimming pools.
Target Your Water Use has been designed for our regional urban areas. Like Target 155, this program focuses on taking a longer-term view of our water usage habits, while providing locals easy access to the information they need to make informed decisions about the amount of water they use. It also
recognises that each regional water corporation faces a unique set of circumstances and a one size fits all approach does not work in all cases.
Water efficiency and the need to support liveable and resilient communities is a key focus of the state's new water plan – Water for
Victoria – which looks to improve water security, protect jobs and agriculture, recognise Aboriginal water values and improve environmental health.
Other water efficiency measures include:
- Permanent water saving (use) rules encourage common sense water use even when water restrictions are not in place.
- Water sustainability programs are available for our schools, including the Schools Water Efficiency Program (SWEP).