Storages go close to breaking even
Water storages have ended the week almost where they started, declining by the barest of margins.
Storages declined by 0.1%, a net decrease of 1.2 billion litres, over the week.
The positive result came on the back of substantial rainfall at the catchments. The four major catchments received between 20.4 to 51.6mm of rain, the average being 35.9mm.
This was almost double the long-term average for the period (18.2mm).
With the catchments already benefitting from previous rain, the weekly falls resulted in a relatively high rate of streamflow into the reservoirs.
The 5.9 billion litres of streamflow was 54% above the 30-year average for the period (3.8 billion litres).
Water storages are now 73.3% (1,328.4 billion litres) full, compared with 72.6% (1,316.5 billion litres) at the same time last year – a difference of 11.9 billion litres.
Melburnians used an average of 154 litres of water each a day in the past week, 14 litres a day less than previous week.
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