Storages climb despite low rainfall
Melbourne’s water storage levels have increased by 0.5% of capacity over the past week.
The 8.2 billion litre gain, which is fairly typical for winter, occurred despite almost no rain falling across the major catchments.
The Thomson, Upper Yarra, O’Shannassy and Maroondah Reservoirs received between 0 to 2 mm of rain, the average being 0.8 mm.
This was 96.8% below the long-term average for the period of 24.7 mm.
The rise in storage levels can be attributed to healthy rainfalls from previous weeks making its way through catchments into the reservoirs.
The 13.8 billion litres of stream flow was 3.2% below the 30-year average for the period (14.2 billion litres).
Water storages are now 61.4% (1,112.2 billion litres) full, compared with 69.0% (1,250.1 billion litres) at the
same time last year - a difference of 137.9 billion litres.
Melbournians used an average of 144 litres of water per person per day, 4 litres more 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.