Melbourne's storages reach 80%
Melbourne’s water storages reached 80% of capacity this week, representing a net gain of 3.2 billion litres.
The milestone was reached despite a dry week, with the 0.1% gain the smallest weekly increase since the start of June, and well below the spring average of 0.5%.
The heavy rain in parts of Melbourne missed the major catchments, which received between 17.8 to 33 mm of rain, with an average of 22.6mm. This was 9.9% below the long-term average, 25.1mm.
Most rain fell towards the end of the week, and came too late to revive the runoff rates that had reduced due to dry soils.
The 9.9 billion litres of stream flow was 48.4 % below the 30-year average for the period (19.1 billion litres).
Water storages are now 80.0% (1,450.4 billion litres) full, compared with 77.3% (1,401.1 billion litres) at the same time last year – a difference of 49.3 billion litres.
Melburnians used an average of 149 litres of water per person per day. This is the 2 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.