Storages drop to 60% as warm, dry weather continues
Melbourne’s water storages have experienced another autumn week with little rainfall, with reservoir levels decreasing by 0.6%.
The four major catchments received between 15.0 to 22.4 mm of rain, the average being 15.9 mm.
This was 35.9% below the long-term average for the period of 24.8 mm.
The 1.8 billion litres of stream flow was 64.6% below the 30-year average for the period (5.2 billion litres).
Environmental water was released from the Thomson Reservoir down the Thomson River to support migration and spawning of Australian grayling.
Water storages are now 60.0% (1,087.5 billion litres) full, compared with 69.7% (1,263.0 billion litres) at the same time last year - a difference of 175.5 billion litres.
Melbournians used an average of 159 litres of water per person per day, 18 litres less than 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.