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March water use to date

8 billion litres

8 billion litres

Dam storage levels


49 per cent

Cumulative streamflow into dams

185 billion litres

(Post 1975 May to March average)

150 billion litres

March rainfall to date

21 mm

(March mean rainfall 1994-2017)


19.5 mm

(March average rainfall 1876-2016)

1.4 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 964 million litres, which was slightly below the forecast of 983 million litres.


Daily water use for the last five days


Actual water use – litres

Forecast – litres

Friday, 8 March 2019



Thursday, 7 March 2019




Wednesday, 6 March 2019



Tuesday, 5 March 2019



Monday, 4 March 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 200 billion litres of water - this is about 3 billion litres above what we had forecast for this period. 


Dam level (total for 15 dams)


The dam storage level has not changed over the past week, sitting at 49 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 8 March 2019 the dams had received 150 billion litres of streamflow.  The post-1975 average for the May to February period is 185 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 94 warnings and 32 fines this week.  Since 1 January 2019, we have taken a total of 2104 actions (warnings + fines) compared with 2081 actions for the same period in 2018.


Annual rainfall


Perth has received 8.8 mm of rainfall since 1 January 2019.  Average rainfall for this period (1994-2017) is 50.7 mm.


General water news


This week sees the launch of our new Waterwise Council Community Choice Awards.  The competition is your chance to vote for the best waterwise project created by local councils.


There are nine projects to choose from and all the details on each project and how to vote are at this webpage:


Voting ends 5 April 2019 and the winning council will get full bragging rights and receive a shiny trophy.

Media Enquiries:

Contact: Clare Lugar

Phone: (08) 9420 2555