Shower songs playlist launched to encourage water savings

From The Beatles and Duran Duran to Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift, City West Water has created a Spotify shower songs playlist to encourage Melburnians to make every drop count and save a little more water to reach Target 155.

As part of the Make Every Drop Count campaign, launched by the state’s four metropolitan water retailers, the playlist encourages people to aim for the optimal waterwise shower of less than four minutes – about the length of a typical song.

City West Water Acting Managing Director, Maree Lang said residential water use made up 65 per cent of Melbourne’s water use.

“At least 31 per cent of household water usage happens in the shower, which means showers are also where we can encourage substantial water savings,” she said.

“Timing your shower to songs that are less than four minutes is a great and simple way of knowing when it’s time to step out of the shower, and our playlist includes songs to suit every musical taste.”

“Melburnians each use on average 162 litres of water per day – seven litres higher than the target of 155 litres of water per person, per day.”

“We know more can be done to reach the target of 155 litres per person per day and shaving a minute of your shower time is just one of the things we can all do to help support our city’s water security.”

“While Melbourne’s water storages are secure for another year, we are faced with growing challenges to our water supply such as an increasing population and a warming, drying climate. If we each save a little bit of water, we all save a lot.”

Other practical tips include: 

  • Turning the tap off when you brush your teeth
  • Using the half flush on the toilet if you can
  • Using a trigger hose nozzle and mulch the garden to reduce evaporation by up to 70%
  • Using the eco-setting on your washing machine and dishwasher and always make sure you have a full load

To view the playlist, search for “City West Water shower songs” in the Spotify app.

For water saving tips, search Target 155 or visit