Above-average rain slows storage decline
Above-average rain helped slow the storage decline this week, with dam levels dropping 0.1% of capacity, or 2.6 billion litres.
The four major catchments received between 32 and 35 mm of rain, the average being 34.3 mm.
This was 69.1% above the long-term average for the period (20.3 mm).
Not all of the rain translated into storage gains, with a lot soaking into catchment soils, still dry from previous weeks.
The 6.1 billion litres of stream flow was 43.8 % below the 30-year average for the period (10.9 billion litres).
Water storages are now 79.0% (1,431.0 billion litres) full, compared with 80.8% (1,464.5 billion litres) at the same time last year – a difference of 33.5 billion litres.
Melburnians used an average of 180 litres of water per person per day.
This is 21 litres less than the previous week.
Information on water use rules and tips on how to save water are available from water.vic.gov.au or by contacting the government water retailers. Permanent water use rules are currently in place.