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February water use to date             

8 billion litres

8 billion litres

Dam storage levels             


51 per cent

Cumulative streamflow into dams             

181 billion litres

(Post 1975 May to January average)

149 billion litres

February rainfall to date             

13.0 mm

(January mean rainfall 1994-2017)


12.5 mm

(January average rainfall 1876-2016)

0 mm

















Note: 1 billion litres = approx. 400 Olympic swimming pools.  Please note these figures are rounded (except for rainfall) to the nearest whole number.


Water use


Average daily water use over the last week was 1.044 billion litres, which was slightly below the forecast of 1.049 billion litres.


Daily water use for the last five days


Water use – litres

Forecast – litres

Friday, 8 February 2019



Thursday, 7 February 2019




Wednesday, 6 February 2019



Tuesday, 5 February 2019



Monday, 4 February 2019



Note: water use above is calculated up to 8am each day for the previous 24 hour period


Since 1 July 2018, we have used 173 billion litres of water - this is 4 billion litres above what we had forecast for this period.  It’s worth noting our 2018-19 demand forecast for the shoulder periods (winter/spring) was more ambitious than previous years and actual total water use is about the same as this time last year.


Dam level (total for 15 dams)


The dam storage level has decreased slightly over the past week, sitting at 51 per cent* of full capacity.


*Please note some dams are filled from different sources - dam levels include the transfer of groundwater and desalinated seawater from treatment plants as well as streamflow (that comes from rainfall).  Dam levels are no longer an accurate indicator of the health of Perth's water supply situation.


Streamflow (total for 15 dams)


From 1 May 2018 to 30 January 2019 the dams had received 149 billion litres of streamflow.  The post-1975 average for the May to January period is 181 billion litres.


Sprinkler roster compliance


The two-day-a-week sprinkler roster now applies across Perth, so make sure your sprinklers are programmed for your rostered water days and only to come on once, either before 9am or after 6pm.


Our team of inspectors issued 180 warnings and 183 fines this week.  Since 1 January 2019, we have taken a total of 1238 actions (warnings + fines) compared with 1092 actions for the same period in 2018.


Annual rainfall


Perth has received 7 mm of rainfall since 1 January.  Average rainfall for January and February (1994-2017) is 29.7 mm.


General water news


When temperatures rise so does our daily water use.


The record for the highest daily water use was on 31 January 1991. This was the hottest January day on record in Perth at 45.8C with 1.350 billion litres of water used. That’s the equivalent of 600 Olympic swimming pools of water in one day.


With a max temperature of only 38 degrees forecast for tomorrow we’re not expecting to break any records but it is a good reminder to go easy on the outdoor watering.


It is estimated that the average person uses around 41,000 litres of drinking water per year on irrigation of household lawns and gardens.  This represents 39% of total residential drinking water use.

Media Enquiries:

Contact: Clare Lugar

Phone: (08) 9420 2555