Our Water Usage
Who is using Eurobodalla water?
Households, businesses, hospitals, schools, government agencies, farmers, sporting fields, parks and gardens and habitat are just some of the water users in this shire.
- In 2015-2016 approximately 70% of our water was for residential use.
- 17,320+ residential properties used on average 138,000+ litres per property, which makes approximately 2400+ million litres or 2400 megalitres* (Ml) of water used annually.
- In 2015-2016 approximately 30% of our water was used by industrial, commercial and other larger users.
- 1350+ properties including commercial, industrial and agricultural properties plus sporting fields and government agencies used around 1050 Ml annually.
Becoming water wise
From 2000 to 2009 the average annual usage was 4400+Ml. This included a prolonged drought period.
After extensive education programs and the introduction of water-saving devices by residents since 2010, the total annual average usage has dropped to around 3600+Ml. This reduction can be contributed to effective education programs, smarter use of water by consumers, efficient water loss management by Council and a more consistent rainfall.
*1 megalitre equals 1 million litres. An average-size Olympic swimming pool contains around 2.5 megalitres.
How do average households use their water
- 43% on the garden
- 36% bathroom and toilet
- 8% laundry
- 7% kitchen
- 4% leaks
- 2% other - which includes drinking
Who uses our water
- 2% rural users
- 6% municipal users
- 22% commercial, industrial users
- 70% residential
How do we use our water?
One of Council's biggest challenges is to maintain infrastructure that is able to cater for dramatic increases in water usage during peak periods.
- The shire's population expands from approximately 31,000+ permanent residents to approximately 100,000+ during peak seasons
- 82% of the shire's population is provided with water from the Council-managed reticulated system
- Smaller villages including Nelligen, South Durras and Congo gather their water supply from rainwater tanks and backyard water bores
- The village of TilbaTilba gets its water from a private supply from Mount Dromedary
- During drought, these householders have to purchase potable (drinking) water from Council if their supplies are low using private water carters
- Average water use in the shire per day is around 8 million litres; this increases to up to 23 million litres each day in the peak seasons
- Most of our water is used in the garden, and then in the bathroom and toilet, and these are the areas where the most water saving (and money saving) can occur