Storage, River Flow and Rainfall Update

Monday, April 29th, 2019

Rainfall recorded at South Gippsland Water’s storages during the week of 20th – 26th April 2019 was Lance Creek 7mm, Ruby Creek 15mm, Deep Creek 11mm and Battery Creek 17mm.

South Gippsland Water’s Managing Director, Philippe du Plessis said, “Despite low rainfall during April and dry catchments across the region, our storage levels have remained steady with drops of between one and seven percent.”

“The Ruby Creek system, supplying Leongatha, Leongatha South and Koonwarra, is quite quickly impacted by dry weather conditions and is the storage that dropped seven percent in capacity over April; we are keeping a close eye on it as we move into May.”

Over the weekend, the Tarra River catchment has received enough rainfall for river flow to be within range to allow extraction to recommence.

Staff will continue to monitor river levels and provide regular flow/pumping status updates via the South Gippsland Water website and the Tarra River flows sign outside the Water Treatment Plant at Devon North. 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.

Across the region, all customers are requested to ensure they are following the Permanent Water Saving Rules which are in place all year round. The top three rules to remember are:

1) Water during the cool – Between 6pm and 10am

2) Sweep, don’t hose – Hosing hard surfaces such as paths and driveways is not permitted

3) Install trigger nozzles – All outdoor hoses are required to be leak free and fitted with trigger nozzles


Reservoir Major towns supplied Capacity level % Current Status
Lance Creek Wonthaggi, Inverloch, Cape Paterson, Korumburra, Poowong, Loch and Nyora 78 Permanent Water Saving Measures

Melbourne Supply System currently utilised

Ruby Creek Leongatha and surrounds 49 Permanent Water Saving Measures
Foster Dam – Deep Creek Foster area 80 Permanent Water Saving Measures
Battery Creek Fish Creek 62 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

River flow- extraction is ON