Storage, River Flow and Rainfall Update

Monday, January 21st, 2019

Rainfall recorded at South Gippsland Water’s storages from 11th – 18th January 2019 was Lance Creek 2.8mm, Ruby Creek 0.3mm, Deep Creek 0.3mm and Battery Creek 0mm.

South Gippsland Water’s Managing Director, Philippe du Plessis said, “Although our catchments have received only minimal rainfall over the past week, our storages still remain at acceptable levels for this time of year.

“We are closely monitoring the Tarra River Water Supply System. River flow is currently ‘low’, between 3-4ML per day and, if dry weather conditions persist, preparations are in place for the townships of Devon North, Yarram, Alberton and Port Albert should levels drop further.”

South Gippsland Water staff will be regularly updating the Tarra River flows on the sign outside the Water Treatment Plant at Devon North.

“Individual customers supplied with untreated water via a ‘Supply Agreement’ from the pipeline between the Tarra River and the Devon North Water Treatment Plant are reminded that water pressure and, ultimately, supply are not guaranteed when river flows are low,” Mr du Plessis confirmed. “We have been in contact with these customers and continue to encourage them to prepare their summer water supply and storage needs with this factor in mind.”

Warm, dry weather can also provide conditions for algae growth. The untreated water storage basin on the Deep Creek Water Supply System has experienced a bloom in recent weeks that has affected the taste and smell of water in the Foster township.

“In response to the presence of algae, we have temporarily by-passed the storage basin and water supplied by the Foster Water Treatment Plant remains safe to drink,” confirmed Mr du Plessis emphasised.Water taste and smell are likely to be affected for another week as the water makes its way through the system.”

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 92 Permanent Water Saving Measures

Melbourne Supply System currently utilised

Ruby Creek Leongatha and surrounds 81 Permanent Water Saving Measures
Foster Dam – Deep Creek Foster area 97 Permanent Water Saving Measures
Battery Creek Fish Creek 88 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