Dry week delivers small storage return
Melbourne’s water storage levels increased by 0.2% of capacity over the past week, representing a net gain of 2.9 billion litres.
Low rainfall and streamflow results meant the weekly gain was again below the spring average (0.5%).
The four major catchments received between 15 to 22.6 mm of rain, the average being 19.2 mm. This was 43% below the long-term average for the period of 33.8 mm.
The 9.7 billion litres of stream flow that entered reservoirs was 55% below the 30-year average for the period (21.5 billion litres).
Water storages are now 80.2% (1,453.3 billion litres) full, compared with 77.6% (1,406.8 billion litres) at the same time last year – a difference of 46.5 billion litres.
Melburnians used an average of 145 litres of water per person per day. This is 4 litres less than the previous week.
Permanent water use rules are currently in place. Visit water.vic.gov.au for information on water use rules and tips on how to save water.
The Victorian Government is helping everyone choose the right water for the job. Using alternative water sources, such as rainwater from our roofs, reduces our reliance on drinking water supplies.
Visit rightwater.vic.gov.au for more information.