Hot, dry weather sees storages drop
Melbourne’s water storages have been affected by the prolonged warm and dry weather, with the city’s water storages decreasing by 5.7 billion litres over the past week.
The 0.3% decline is highly unusual for this time of year, when storages typically increase by 0.3%.
No rain fell over the four major catchments (Thomson, Upper Yarra, Maroondah and O’Shannassy).
This was 100% below the long-term average for the period of 23.4 mm.
It is the first time that no rainfall has been recorded in a week in October since consolidated rainfall records began in 1969.
The dry conditions over the past week continued to limit runoff into the reservoirs.
The 5.6 billion litres of stream flow was 65.8% below the 30-year average for the period (16.5 billion litres).
Water storages are now 74.2% (1,344.4 billion litres) full, compared with 80.5% (1,457.9 billion litres) at the same time last year - a difference of 113.5 billion litres.
Melbournians used an average of 182 litres of water per person per day.
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