Dams' downward trend continues
Melbourne’s water storages have decreased by 5.2 billion litres over the past week, with only one day of rain over the major catchments.
The 0.3% drop was three times higher than the average weekly decline for May last year, which was 0.1%.
The four major catchments received between 2.2 to 3.6 mm of rain, the average being 2.9 mm.
This was 85.8% below the long-term average for the period of 20.4 mm.
The 3.7 billion litres of stream flow was 25.8% below the 30-year average for the period (5 billion litres).
Water storages are now 59.1% (1,071.6 billion litres) full, compared with 69.7% (1,262.8 billion litres) at the same time last year - a difference of 191.2 billion litres.
Melbournians used an average of 153 litres of water per person per day.
This is 5 litres more than the previous week.
Permanent water use rules are currently in place and Target 155 has been launched to encourage Melburnians to reduce water consumption.
Information on Target 155 is available on the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning’s website or by contacting your local water retailer.