Spring storage decline continues
Melbourne dam levels continued their unseasonal downward trend, decreasing by 6.2 billion litres over the past week.
The decline, equivalent to 0.3% of capacity, was well below the average weekly spring performance which usually sees storages gain 0.5%.
The four major catchments received between 11.4 to 28.8 mm of rain, the average being 20.4mm. This was 21.1% below the long-term average for the period of 25.9 mm.
Streamflow struggled again this week without adequate rain to feed it. The 8.5 billion litres of stream flow was 45.4 % below the 30-year average for the period (15.6 billion litres).
Water storages are now 80.1% (1,451.1 billion litres) full, compared with 79.5% (1,441.5 billion litres) at the same time last year – a difference of 9.6 billion litres.
Melburnians used an average of 163 litres of water per person per day. This is 7 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.