Target 160 litres

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Can you save water by using just 160 litres a day? Save a little, and we all save a lot.

Meet the target– make every drop count

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Every drop of water is precious.

We rely on tap water every day – it’s the foundation of a healthy community. But it’s not unlimited.

Council is working to secure our future water supply, yet we all share responsibility to save water and the environment.

Saving water today helps secure our water supply for the future so our people and places throughout the Tweed can continue to thrive.

Are you meeting the target?

Warmer weather sees our water use jump. We are currently using 176 litres per person a day (as at 13 March 2023).

Yet between July and November 2022, each of us was meeting the target and using about 160 litres a day.

Whatever you were doing to save water before, please do it again!

Find out if you are you meeting the target. Use our daily water use calculator.

What you can do

Save water!

Target 160 logoThere are many ways to make every drop count.

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Calculate your daily water use

Use this calculator to find out how much water you are using each day.

Another way to find out your water use is by reading your water meter today and again in 2 weeks’ time. 

One kilolitre is 1,000 litres. The red numbers on your water meter are fractions of a kilolitre.

Also, your water use is recorded in kilolitres (kL) on your water meter (the black numbers) and on your water bill.

Why Target 160?

The Tweed’s population is growing and our climate is changing, with extreme weather and uncertain rainfall becoming more common.

No matter the forecast, we need to save tap water, even when there are no water restrictions.

The Tweed’s water supply

Our beautiful Clarrie Hall Dam was built in 1983.

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, at around this time (in 1981) about 40,000 people called the Tweed home. 

Today, almost 100,000 people live in the Tweed, yet the dam’s capacity has not increased.

By 2041, the NSW Government conservatively estimates our population will rise by another 15,000 people.

Planning is underway to secure our future water supply.

Saving water and using it wisely is the most cost-effective way we can cope with growing pressure on our water supply.

That’s why we would like everyone in the Tweed to keep below the target of 160 litres per person a day when there are no water restrictions.

Did you know?

The Tweed’s population has grown by more than 33% – that’s almost 25,000 people – since 2001.

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