Extra rain sees reservoirs gain
Melbourne’s water storages increased by 1.1% of capacity during the past week, representing a net gain of 21.0 billion litres over the week.
The result is double the four-year average weekly increase during winter of 0.55%.
The good rain and streamflow has brought water storages to 62.5% (1,133.2 billion litres) full, compared with 69.3% (1,256.6 billion litres) at the same time last year, a difference of 123.4 billion litres.
The four major catchments received between 28.2 to 76 mm of rain, the average being 51.4 mm.
This was 139.1% above the long-term average for the period of 21.5 mm.
The 23.7 billion litres of stream flow was 62.0% above the 30-year average for the period (14.6 billion litres).
Melburnians used an average of 134 litres of water per person per day, 10 litres less 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.