Late rain gives unseasonal storage rise
A cool, wet change late in the week has slightly increased water storages.
Dam levels increased by 0.1% of capacity, representing a net gain of 0.5 billion litres, after an overnight downpour at the major catchments. The increase was an unexpected bonus as storages typically decline over summer.
The four major catchments received between 27.8 and 55.4 mm of rain, the average being 39.6 mm. This was almost double the long-term average for the period (20mm).
The 9.9 billion litres of streamflow was slightly above the 30-year average for the period (8.5 billion litres).
With most of the rain falling late in the week storages are expected to continue rising in the coming days.
Water storages are now 81.0% (1,467.2 billion litres) full, compared with 81.2% (1,471.9 billion litres) at the same time last year – a difference of 4.7 billion litres.
Melburnians used an average of 162 litres of water per person per day over the past week - 1 litre a day more 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.