Target Actual
February water use to date 19.5 billion litres
18.7 billion litres
Dam storage levels N/A 44.8%
Monthly streamflow into dams N/A 0 billion litres
February rainfall to date 12.5mm (January average rainfall 1876-2016) 38.6mm
Note: 1 billion litres = approximately 400 Olympic swimming pools. Please note the figures in this table are rounded (except for rainfall) to the nearest whole number.

Water use

Average water use over the past week was 984 million litres per day, which was below the forecast of 1,019 million litres

Daily water use for the last 5 days

Table showing daily water use for the last 5 days
Date Actual water use (million litres) Forecast water use (million litres)
19/02/2021 922 1,012
18/02/2021 937 1,012
17/02/2021 1,010 1,012
16/02/2021 1,031 1,012
15/02/2021 1,067 1,027
Note, water use is calculated up to 8am each day for the previous 24 hour period.

Since 1 July 2020 to date, we have used 187.82 billion litres of water – which is 1.59 billion litres below the forecast target for this period.

 

Dam levels (total for 15 dams)

The dam storage levels have decreased slightly this week and are sitting at a combined 44.8 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). As we use many different sources of water, dams are no longer an accurate indicator of the health of Perth's overall water supply situation.

Streamflow (total for 15 dams)

From 1 May 2020 the dams have received 42.5 billion litres of streamflow.  The post-1975 average for the May to April period (called the streamflow year) is 175.79 billion litres.

 

Sprinkler roster compliance

Since 1 January 2021, we have taken a total of 932 actions (warnings + fines) compared with 1,441 actions for the same period in 2020.

 

Annual rainfall

Perth has received 38.6mm of rainfall since 1 February 2021. The average (1994-2019) rainfall for the same period to the end of February is 12.1mm.

 

General water news

Have you ever wondered what happens to the water you’ve used after it heads down the plughole?

 

It comes to us! Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at what happens once it arrives at one of our water resource recovery facilities and how the water continues on its journey.

 

While 99.97 per cent of the used water is actual H2O, there's also oil, grease, detergents, nutrients, bacteria, and bulkier items like wet wipes and cotton buds, as well as some other pretty nasty stuff that should never make its way into our pipes.

 

Used water flows by gravity through a network of larger pipes before making its way to one of our facilities.

 

Our job is to make sure the used water is treated and safely returned to the environment. We do this in the most sustainable way possible.