Unseasonal decline for Melbourne's storages
Another unseasonably dry winter week has seen Melbourne’s water storages decrease by 3.3 billion litres.
The 0.2% drop was in contrast to the average winter weekly performance, when storages typically rise by 0.4%.
The declining trend over the week was due to low rainfall and streamflow.
The four major catchments received between 1.0 to 10.2 mm of rain, the average being 6.1 mm. This was 79.3 % below the long-term average for the period of 29.2 mm.
With little rain to generate runoff into the reservoirs, streamflow results were also underwhelming.
The 4.9 billion litres of stream flow was 56.9% below the 30-year average for the period (11.3 billion litres).
Water storages are now 68.5% (1,241.3 billion litres) full, compared with 71.8% (1,301.2 billion litres) at the same time last year – a difference of 59.9 billion litres.
Melburnians used an average of 143 litres of water per person per day, the same as the previous week.
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