Storage and Rainfall Update

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

Rainfall was recorded at South Gippsland Water’s storages from 25th March – 31st March 2017. Lance Creek 8mm, Ruby Creek 16mm, Coalition Creek 9mm, Deep Creek 13mm, Little Bass 13mm and Battery Creek 13mm.

Total rainfall figures for March 2017 were Lance Creek 19mm, Ruby Creek 38mm, Coalition Creek 26mm, Deep Creek 29mm, Little Bass 37mm and Battery Creek 66mm.

Mark Lynch, General Manager Infrastructure and Planning, South Gippsland Water said, “All water supply systems have continued to decline as we have moved into autumn.  Over the coming months we continue to look for the seasonal break where storages are replenished.  Warm weather, minimal rainfall and demand for water across communities, particularly coastal townships, has seen storages continue to drop”.

Mr Lynch went onto say that, “Customers of Korumburra and the Coalition Creek Water Supply System are reminded that Stage 1 Water Restrictions are now active. Customers need to modify their water use to ensure they are abiding by the rules. The key difference in Stage 1 Water Restrictions compared to Permanent Water Saving Rules is the introduction of Alternate Days for watering gardens. This means odd numbered houses can water on odd dates of the month and even numbered houses can water on even numbered dates. Both odd and even numbered houses can water on the 31st of the month”

A quick snapshot of Stage 1 “Alert” Water Restrictions;


Gardens & Lawns ·  Watering systems can only be used to water gardens and lawns between 6am–10am and 6pm–10pm on alternate days*.

·  Hand-held hoses with a trigger nozzle, a bucket or watering can may be used at any time.

Paving, Concrete & Other Hard Surfaces ·  Hosing banned except for construction purposes or in emergency; or for health or safety hazard.


Vehicles ·  A bucket, high pressure cleaning device or commercial car wash can be used at any time for vehicle washing. A hand-held hose fitted with a trigger nozzle can only be used for rinsing and re-rinsing.
Pools & Spa ·  To fill or top up a new or existing pool or spa with a capacity 2,000 litres or less, a handheld hose fitted with a trigger nozzle, a watering can or a bucket, or an Automatic Water Top Up Device must be used.

·  Pools and spa’s of greater than 2,000 litres capacity must not be filled unless a Water Conservation Plan has been submitted to South Gippsland Water and approved.

* Alternate Days Alternate day’s means odd numbered houses can water on odd dates of the month and even numbered houses can water on even numbered dates. Both odd and even numbered houses can water on the 31st of the month. Where there is no house number the property is considered an even numbered house.

Additional water restriction areas include: Public Gardens and Lawns, Ponds, Lakes, Fountains, Water Features, Pools, Spas, Tanks, Water Tankers, Commercial Car Washes, Food Transport Vehicles, Commercial production of Plants and/or Animals.

Exemptions may be applied for the watering of public sporting grounds.

Any customers who have questions or concerns regarding their water supply can contact South Gippsland Water’s friendly Customer Service Team on 1300 851 636.


Reservoir Major towns supplied Capacity level % Current Status
Lance Creek Wonthaggi, Inverloch and Cape Paterson 74 Permanent Water Saving Measures
Ruby Creek Leongatha and surrounds 60 Permanent Water Saving Measures
Coalition Creek Korumburra and surrounds 58 Stage 1 Water Restrictions
Foster Dam – Deep Creek Foster area 80 Permanent Water Saving Measures
Little Bass Poowong, Nyora and Loch 58 Permanent Water Saving Measures
Battery Creek Fish Creek 70 Permanent Water Saving Measures



River Systems Major Town Supplied Current Status
Tarwin Meeniyan, Dumbalk Permanent Water Saving Measures
Agnes Welshpool, Port Welshpool, Toora, Port Franklin Permanent Water Saving Measures
Tarra Yarram, Alberton, Port Albert Permanent Water Saving Measures