Storage, River Flow and Rainfall Update

Monday, May 13th, 2019

Rainfall recorded at South Gippsland Water’s storages during the week of 4th – 10th May 2019 was Lance Creek 34mm, Ruby Creek 28mm, Deep Creek 19mm and Battery Creek 17mm.

South Gippsland Water’s Managing Director, Philippe du Plessis said, “It’s promising that we’re only two weeks into May and both weeks have yielded good rainfall across the region.”

Catchments are beginning to refresh and, as a consequence, more run-off is making its way into reservoirs, rivers and streams, farm tanks and dams.

“It’s encouraging at this time of year that, even with draw-down for water supply, our storage levels have remained relatively steady for over a month now,” confirmed Mr du Plessis.

Flow in the Tarra River remains within range for extraction to supply Yarram, Devon North, Alberton and Port Albert to continue and for property owners with a ‘Supply Agreement’ to extract according to their agreement.

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.

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

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, Cape Paterson, Korumburra, Poowong, Loch and Nyora 78 Permanent Water Saving Measures

Melbourne Supply System currently utilised

Ruby Creek Leongatha and surrounds 48 Permanent Water Saving Measures
Foster Dam – Deep Creek Foster area 82 Permanent Water Saving Measures
Battery Creek Fish Creek 63 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