Canberra: Key findings

For the water account period 1 July 2019–30 June 2020

  • Dry conditions resulted in very low streamflows across the region.
  • End-of-year storage was only slightly less than last year due to some rainfall relief in early 2020.
  • Total consumptive water use was 60 GL, around 5% higher than last year.

Climate and water


Rainfall icon

596 mm

below the average of 791 mm


Streamflow icon

below average

for most of the year


Storage icon

56% full


3% less than last year

Water use

Water sourced

Graph showing breakdown of water sources used in the Canberra region. A total of 60 GL of water was used in the region in 2019–20. Surface water made up 98% of total water sourced. Groundwater made up 2% of the water sourced.

Water supplied

Graph showing breakdown of water users in the Canberra region. A total of 60 GL of water was supplied to users in 2019–20. 92% of total water supply was for the urban system. 8% was for individual users.

Water status


82 GL

total surface water and groundwater allocations

Water assets

199 GL

water assets at 30 June 2020

4 GL less than last year



in storage expected during the 2020–21 year