Storage, River Flow and Rainfall Update

Monday, June 3rd, 2019

Rainfall recorded at South Gippsland Water’s storages during the week of 25th – 31st May 2019 was Lance Creek 38mm, Ruby Creek 77mm, Deep Creek 66mm and Battery Creek 93mm.

Total rainfall recorded for the month of May 2019 was Lance Creek 95mm, Ruby Creek 134mm, Deep Creek 116mm and Battery Creek 145mm.

South Gippsland Water’s Managing Director, Philippe du Plessis said, “All reservoirs reaped the benefit of heavy rainfall over the past week with storages at levels we would expect for this time of year.”

Catchments are now well saturated and the percentage of runoff into reservoirs is increasing. This can be a mixed blessing; increased inflow improves storage levels but can add sediment and debris to raw water. The raw water is monitored and treated in-line with normal business operations to ensure it meets Department of Health regulations.

“Last week, some Leongatha customers reported a slight change in the taste and smell their tap water. Sampling and testing was carried out at a range of locations by our water quality and operations staff and the treatment of water was managed accordingly,” explained Mr du Plessis.

“Customers can be assured that, despite a temporary change in taste and smell, the water supply complied with all state and Australian regulations and was, and is, safe to drink.”

Water quality and operations staff monitor and test all South Gippsland Water supplies as part of routine operations and treatment and processing is adapted to meet the changing conditions within each catchment.

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 80 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 85 Permanent Water Saving Measures
Battery Creek Fish Creek 71 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