Storage and Rainfall Update

Monday, June 18th, 2018

Rainfall recorded at South Gippsland Water’s storages from 9th – 15th June 2018 was Lance Creek 27mm, Ruby Creek 18mm, Coalition Creek 20mm, Deep Creek 19mm, Little Bass 10mm and Battery Creek 26mm.

South Gippsland Water’s Managing Director, Philippe du Plessis said “With catchments well saturated, good rainfall and run-off over the past week has seen storage levels in each of our supply systems remain steady.”

“We are closely monitoring the Coalition Creek (Korumburra) and Little Bass (Poowong, Loch and Nyora) storages which, encouragingly, have met demand over the week and shown an increase in volume of 3% and 5% respectively.

“Good rainfall over the weekend will have added to this improvement, but significantly more winter rain is needed for these systems to recover enough to be lifted from our critical watch.”

“Residents of these townships can be encouraged by the fact that, when the Lance Creek Water Connection pipeline is commissioned in 2019, they will have a secure and reliable supply of water for the next 50 years,” confirmed Mr du Plessis. “This will provide a dependable environment for community development, economic growth and future investment.”

All customers are reminded to ensure that they are following either the Permanent Water Saving Rules (which apply to all Victorians) or Stage 3 Water Restriction rules for residents of Korumburra.

Permanent Water Saving Rules Snapshot

  • Water during the cool – Between 6pm and 10am.
  • Sweep, don’t hose – Hosing hard surfaces such as paths and driveways is not permitted.
  • Install trigger nozzles – All outdoor hoses are required to be leak free and fitted with trigger nozzles”.
  • Stage 3 Water Restriction Snapshot
  • Watering of lawns is BANNED
  • Sprinkler Systems cannot be used.
  • Gardens (not lawns) can only be watered between 6am–8am on alternate days*.
  • Sporting Grounds – Watering is BANNED on non-exempt playing surfaces e.g. grassed oval or fairway. Some components of grounds can be watered e.g. Tennis Court, Lawn Bowls & Croquet Green, Golf Green & Tee (but not fairways/approaches). Watering may only be done between the hours 6am – 8am on alternate days*.
  • *Alternate days 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.
  • Hosing concrete, paving and hard surfaces is BANNED except for construction purposes, in an emergency, or to address a health or safety hazard.
  • Vehicles can only be washed via a bucket filled directly from a tap and then only to spot clean, windows, mirrors and lights.
  • Pools cannot be filled, topped up or replaced without prior written permission by South Gippsland Water.

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 69 Permanent Water Saving Measures
Ruby Creek Leongatha and surrounds 54 Permanent Water Saving Measures
Coalition Creek Korumburra and surrounds 39 Stage 3 Water Restrictions
Foster Dam – Deep Creek Foster area 82 Permanent Water Saving Measures
Little Bass Poowong, Nyora and Loch 64 Permanent Water Saving Measures
Battery Creek Fish Creek 86 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