Average storage gain despite low rain, streamflow
Melbourne’s water storage levels increased by 0.5% of capacity over the past week, representing a net gain of 9 billion litres.
The increase in dam levels was a legacy of wetter conditions in previous weeks, and came despite lower than average rainfall and streamflow.
The four major catchments received between 0.8 to 13.6 mm of rain, the average being 5.4 mm.
This was 80.6% below the long-term average for the period of 27.8 mm.
The 12.8 billion litres of runoff that flowed in Melbourne’s reservoirs was 33.2% below the 30-year average for the period (19.2 billion litres).
Water storages are now 64.9% (1,176.2 billion litres) full, compared with 71.4% (1,294.4 billion litres) at the same time last year - a difference of 118.2 billion litres.
Melbournians used an average of 140 litres of water per person per day, the same as the previous week.
Permanent water use rules are currently in place and Target 155 has been launched to encourage Melburnians to reduce water consumption.
Information on Target 155 is available on the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning’s website or by contacting your local water retailer.