How much water do we need?

On average, a typical household in our region uses around 200 litres of drinking water per person per day. The diagram below shows how water is used in an average household.

Water use in the Lower Hunter

We have always been mindful of our water use in the Lower Hunter, but there is more we can all do. Our average water consumption is around 10 per cent greater than some of the best performing urban areas across Australia.

We are working hard to reduce the amount of water used through water conservation programs such as:

  • Water loss minimisation – We are focused on reducing leaks in the Hunter Water supply system through increasing leak detection programs, monitoring our system and reducing our response times to reported leaks.
  • Non-residential water conservation – We are working closely with our business community to identify ways to save water together.
  • Residential water conservation – We have a range of programs in place to help save water in our homes and encourage water conservation practices.
  • Community engagement – This is so we can learn how to save water together.

The reliable yield of our current water source system is about 76 billion litres of drinking water per year. That is, our system can reliably supply 76,000 million litres of water per year under average climate conditions.

Based on our projections of future demand for water, this should allow us to supply our growing customer base until about 2037. View our our future water supply and demand diagram below.

Our drought response measures

Water Meter Hydrant 001

Climate has a big impact on supply. We are working with research partners to understand longer term climate variability and help us prepare for events such as drought.