Tarago Reservoir

Tarago Reservoir supplies water to Melbourne’s south-eastern suburbs, typically spanning Dromana to Garfield, as well as the Mornington Peninsula and towns in the Westernport region. 

The reservoir was disconnected from Melbourne’s water supply network for many years due to water quality issues. It was reconnected in 2009, at the end of the Millennium Drought, following the completion of the Tarago Water Treatment Plant.

Key facts

The dam at Tarago Reservoir is constructed from rockfill with a clay core. It was completed in 1969 and enlarged in 1971.

Aerial image of Tarago Reservoir

  • Catchment area: 11,400 hectares
  • Surface area: 360 hectares
  • Total capacity: 37,580 megalitres
  • Dam height: 34 metres
  • Dam length: 300 metres
     

Rainfall over the years

View highlights from our historical rainfall data for Tarago Reservoir, including annual rainfall, monthly averages, and the wettest and driest years by month.

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Annual rainfall at Tarago (1971-2021)

Graph of annual rainfall (mm) at Maroondah Reservoir, 1971-2021

Monthly rainfall records (mm)

Last updated: January 2022

Month Wettest Driest Average
January​ 123.8 (1991)​ 3.4 (1990)​ 63.0
February​ 237.8 (2011)​ ​3.1 (1991) 56.1
March​ 137.9 (1973)​ 12.8 (1972)​ 62.9
April​ 162.2 (2020) ​21.2 (1993) 75.9
May​ 151.6 (2000)​ ​15.4 (2009) 73.8
June​ 163.6 (2021) ​14.6 (2006) 77.2
July​ 147.8 (1977)​ ​28.8 (1976) 78.6
August​ 183.0 (2019) 24.8 (1998)​ 92.5
September​ 233.6 (1992)​ 36.0 (2001)​ 103.1
October​ 213.0 (1989)​ 21.4 (2015)​ 104.1
November​ 167.0 (1971)​ ​29.4 (1982) 91.9
December​ ​207.2 (1985) ​7.7 (1972) 80.8
Annual total 1277.4 (2011) 667.6 (1997)​

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Last updated:
28 January 2022