More rain sees slight storage gain
Melbourne’s storage levels increased by 0.5% of capacity this week, representing a net gain of 10.1 billion litres over the week.
The four major catchments received between 26.4 and 65.0 mm of rain, the average being 37.8 mm. This was 47.1% above the long-term average for the period of 25.7 mm.
The 17.6 billion litres of stream flow was 22.1% above the 30-year average for the period (14.4 billion litres).
Water storages are now 70.5% (1,277.9 billion litres) full.
This is compared with 73.8% (1,338.0 billion litres) at the same time last year, and represents a difference of 60.1 billion litres.
Melburnians used an average of 139 litres of water per person per day, 8 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