Rain returns to soften storage slide
Melbourne’s water storages decreased by 0.3% of capacity this week, or 5.7 billion litres.
Rainfall returned to average weekly levels, though dry soils from past weeks hampered runoff into the reservoirs.
The four major catchments received between 12.4 to 29.8 mm of rain, the average being 20.9 mm.
This was 3.6 % above the long- term average for the period of 20.1 mm.
However, a lot of the rain seeped into the dry catchments before it could be converted to runoff.
The 4.7 billion litres of stream flow that ran into reservoirs was half of the 30-year average for the period (9.3 billion litres).
Water storages are now 78.7% (1,425.7 billion litres) full, compared with 80.9% (1,466.7 billion litres) at the same time last year – a difference of 41.0 billion litres.
Melburnians used an average of 170 litres of water per person per day.
This is 10 litres per person per day 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.