Jun 27 2010

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Average Water Use in Australia

The amount of water that the average Australian uses for residential purposes has been dropping for some time, especially during the recent drought periods.

Various figures are available, and include:


493 Litres Average Water Use – Australia. Per person per day


These figures now updated — see below — 154 Litres Average Water Use – Australia. Per person per day

162 Canberra
166 Adelaide
149 Perth
138 Melbourne
157 Newcastle
183 Brisbane
151 Sydney
127 Gold Coast

Corrected figures for Litres per day following comment by Tim Laidler. The above figures were in fact kL per year.

455 Adelaide
501 Brisbane
444 Canberra
348 Gold Coast
378 Melbourne
430 Newcastle
408 Perth
414 Sydney



Perth: 280 Litres Average Water Use. Per person per day http://www.watercorporation.com.au/d/dams_storage.cfm



Average daily residential water use (litres per person per day)
July 2010 to June 2011

  • 163 Litres. All South East Queensland
  • 139 Litres. Central SEQ
  • 183 Litres. Gold Coast
  • 115 Litres. Scenic Rim
  • 172 Litres. Redland
  • 179 Litres. Sunshine Coast



Average water and sewerage bills for 2011-2012

Annual $  –  Council area

Figures based on a three person household using 180 litres per person per day, equivalent to 200 kilolitres per year, and supplied by the Queensland Water Commission www.qwc.qld.gov.au

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  1. Jenifer Bulken


  2. ABCDiamond

    According to Sydney Water, the “IDEAL” average usage should be about 542 litres per day for a 4 person household. The numbers vary from about 239 litres per day for a single person household to around 689 litres per day for a six person household.

    A report at http://www.dreamingparramatta.com.au states: “the average water consumption per person per day is 350Litres”. This should cover your area.

    However, households in Kiama, on the NSW south coast, use the least amount of water at about 430 litres per day, per household.

  3. Tim Laidler

    I just looked at http://www.environment.gov.au/soe/2006/publications/drs/indicator/335/index.html

    and the 2004 data is misrepresented here, the data is actually Kilolitres per person per year, taking Sydney for example the data is not 151 Litres per person per day it is in fact 151,000 Litres per person per year, translating as 413.4 Litres per person per day.

  4. Kira Bowing

    What about the 2011 water usage because i need it for my science assignment ASAP!!!!!!

    by the way….. Radford Rocks!!!!!!

  5. ABCDiamond

    On average, each person in Sydney uses about 297 litres of water a day. This amount is worked out by adding all the water used in Sydney and dividing it by the population.

    Taken from http://www.sydneywater.com.au/sw/teachers-students/facts-about-water/primary-students/how-do-we-use-water/water-use-in-sydney/index.htm in April 2016

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