Dam levels continue to drop
Melbourne’s water storages are now 58.8% (1,065 billion litres) full, compared to 69.3% (1,256.1 billion litres) at the same time last year - a difference of 191.1 billion litres.
The 0.3% drop, equivalent to 6.6 billion litres, was three times higher than the average weekly decline for May last year, for the second week in a row.
The four major catchments received between 10.8 and 48.4 mm of rain this week.
The average amount (19.8mm) is slightly below (-1.5%) the long-term average for the period of 20.1 mm.
The resulting 2.9 billion litres of water flowing into dams is 46.9% below the 30-year average for the period (5.4 billion litres).
Melburnians used an average of 150 litres of water per person per day, three 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.