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This FACT indicates the percentage of people who decreased their personal water use. This information was sourced from the State of Australian Cities 2010 report.
A country plagued by extreme weather conditions and often experiencing high temperatures and drought, Australia is conscious of its water consumption. The introduction of water restrictions in urban areas have generated a greater awareness of water conservation in the community. These figures show that high proportions of households in most capital cities decreased their personal use of water over the 12 months from 2007-2008.
This reduction has been achieved by the adoption of voluntary measures by households to reduce water use and install water-saving devices such as water-efficient shower-heads and dual-flush toilets. By the end of 2007, more than 80 per cent of Australian households had installed a dual-flush toilet an increase of 107 per cent from 1994.
The city with the largest decrease in use was Brisbane with 75 percent. The city with the least was Hobart with 34 percent. (data for Canberra and Darwin could not be obtained.)