Water storages shed 0.3%
Melbourne’s water storages have decreased by 0.3% of capacity in the past week.
The 4.5-billion litre decline came on the back of a dry week at the catchments.
The four major catchments received between 3.6 and 6.2 mm of rain, the average being 4.6 mm. This was 81.7% below the long-term average for the period (25.1 mm).
The 6.8 billion litres of stream flow into reservoirs was 52.7% below the long-term average for the period (14.4 billion litres).
The weekly decline also included the release of 3 billion litres as environmental flows in the Yarra River.
Water storages are now 79.8% (1,446.6 billion litres) full, compared with 79.7% (1,444.3 billion litres) at the same time last year – a difference of 2.3 billion litres.
Melburnians used an average of 178 litres of water per person per day in the past week. This is 15 litres a day 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.