Below average rain slows winter gains
Melbourne’s water storages increased by 0.3% of capacity in the past week, representing a net gain of 5.6 billion litres.
This is the first time in 2 months that storages have posted a below-average winter gain, as unseasonably warm, dry weather inhibited storage harvests.
The four major catchments received between 5.4 to 14.6 mm of rain, with an average of 8.6mm.
This was 66% below the long-term average for the period of 25.3 mm.
The low rainfall was reflected in streamflow results, which were also below average.
Streamflow delivered 12.4 billion litres to reservoirs, which was 37.4 % below the 30-year average for the period (19.7 billion litres).
Water storages are now 79.6% (1,443.1 billion litres) full, compared with 76.3% (1,382.6 billion litres) at the same time last year – a difference of 60.5 billion litres.
Melburnians used an average of 149 litres of water per person per day, 6 litres more than the previous week.
Permanent water use rules are currently in place. Visit water.vic.gov.au for information on water use rules and tips on how to save water.
The Victorian Government is helping everyone choose the right water for the job. Using alternative water sources, such as rainwater from our roofs, reduces our reliance on drinking water supplies. Visit rightwater.vic.gov.au for more information.