Residents of Lavender Bay and Kirribilli are among the highest water users in Sydney, according to new statistics just released.
Hot temperatures and the driest winter in 37 years have led to a spike in water usage across the city, prompting fears we could be on water restrictions by this time next year.
Sydney’s top water-guzzling suburb of Duffy’s Forest on the northern beaches is using almost eight times more water than the lowest water using suburb in Sydney.
Hot temperatures and a dry winter have led to increased water usage in Sydney.
Locals in the 2084 postcode used 178kL of water across a quarter in 2023, compared to Berowra Waters in the Hornsby shire where customers consumed just over 23kL in the same period.
Other suburbs in Sydney’s highest water users included prominent Point Piper, Bellevue Hill, Centennial Park, Woolwich, Lavender Bay and Kirribilli.
Eight out of 10 suburbs have consumed over 100kL of water in just one quarter.
Customers need to be conscious about their water choices, says Sydney Water.
Sydney Water says whether taking a shower or a sip, it can be easy to forget that water comes with a price tag. “While it’s important to conserve our most precious resource being mindful about your usage could save your wallet too,” a spokesperson says.
“This is why Sydney Water is encouraging people to continue to save water to help save money on their water bills.”
As the cost of living continues to rise rapidly, Sydney Water remains among cheapest water utilities in Australia. However, this doesn’t mean we shouldn’t do everything we can to save water and money.
Sydney Water’s Manager Water Efficiency Programs Ben Swain says there is a danger in complacency regarding how much water we use in and around the home.
Residents are being encouraged to take shorter showers, use the dishwasher only when full, and the half flush button on the toilet.
“Water contributes to everything we do. It keeps us and everything around us alive, it helps our buildings stay cool, and keeps our environment green,” he said.
“We use drinking water to cook, clean, flush our toilets and water our gardens, wasting water is like pouring money down the drain.