Storage, River Flow and Rainfall Update

Monday, May 27th, 2019

Rainfall recorded at South Gippsland Water’s storages during the week of 18th – 24th May 2019 was Lance Creek 4mm, Ruby Creek 2mm, Deep Creek 4mm and Battery Creek 3mm.

South Gippsland Water’s Managing Director, Philippe du Plessis said, “Although rainfall last week was quite minimal, storage levels in all reservoirs remained steady.”

“We anticipate that all storages will reap the benefits of the rain being received by catchments at the moment and from the heavy falls from over the weekend.”

The Tarra River has also benefitted from recent rainfall and extraction to supply the Devon North Water Treatment Plant has re-commenced.

Customers in Leongatha may have noticed a slight change in the taste and smell of their tap water last week. Staff are monitoring the situation with sampling and testing of water at various locations scheduled throughout this week. Customers can be assured the water complies with Department of Health regulations and is safe to drink.

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 77 Permanent Water Saving Measures

Melbourne Supply System currently utilised

Ruby Creek Leongatha and surrounds 46 Permanent Water Saving Measures
Foster Dam – Deep Creek Foster area 82 Permanent Water Saving Measures
Battery Creek Fish Creek 61 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