Waterwise Tips

With up to 75% of Townsville’s water being used on gardens and outside the home, there are a lot of ways we can all play a part in reducing water use and helping Townsville to become a water smart city.


Our water smart factsheets provide great advice about water behaviours and water efficiency ideas for both inside and outside of the home.

Aquaponics - Gardening with fish (PDF 2.2 MB)
Aquaponics is a combination of aquaculture (growing fish) and hydroponics (growing vegetables in water and nutrients).

Connecting for sustainability (PDF 1.2 MB)
Gardening, food and sustainability resources in Townsville

Irrigation and Leaks (PDF 1.3 MB)
Let the rain do the heavy lifting and turn your irrigation off.

Irrigation Setting Guide (PDF 437.4 KB)
Determine how long you should water for - as a general rule Townsville lawns require around 12mm of water, applied twice a week.

Lawn Care Guide - Fertiliser (PDF 587.0 KB)
Learn which months are best to fertilise your lawn and which fertilisers are great for Townsville climate conditions.

Lawn Care Guide - Lawn Species (PDF 1.0 MB)
Learn how choosing the right turf can save you up to 13 Sundays a year.

Lawn Care Guide - Mowing (PDF 805.0 KB)
Discover why using your catcher in the wet is beneficial for your lawn.

Lawn Care Guide - Soils (PDF 940.8 KB)
What type of soil do you have? Growing a strong lawn starts with knowing your soil and understanding which one you have could mean the difference between having a strong, healthy lawn or a sick one.

Top 10 Water Saving Behaviours (PDF 1002.6 KB)
Choose your top 3 and start the challenge at your place!

Watering and Lawn Care Guide (PDF 884.7 KB)
Water no more than twice a week in the dry and never when it's wet.

What is a wicking bed? (PDF 466.0 KB)
Wicking beds are garden beds that water themselves from the bottom up. Traditional garden beds are watered from the top down.

Why we pay for water (PDF 3.6 MB)
The cost of water includes purifying water from the dam. Electricity is required to pump this precious resource through kilometres of pipelines to your home.