Storms save storages from decline
Melbourne storage levels held steady this week, mirroring last Thursday’s result of 79.8% full.
The storms in Melbourne on Monday provided a short respite for thirsty catchments, and stopped storage levels declining this week.
The four major catchments received between 21 to 35.6 mm of rain, the average being 24.9mm. This was 38.2% above the long-term average for the period, 18mm.
The 7 billion litres of stream flow that ran into reservoirs was only half of the 30-year average for the period (13.8 billion litres).
Around 450 million litres of environmental water was released to support native migratory fish in the Yarra and Thomson Rivers.
Water storages are now 79.8% (1,445.3 billion litres) full, compared with 80.1% (1,452.0 billion litres) at the same time last year – a difference of 6.7 billion litres.
Melburnians used an average of 171 litres of water per person per day. This is 7 litres less 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.