Storage, River Flow and Rainfall Update

Monday, August 26th, 2019

Rainfall recorded at South Gippsland Water’s storages during the week of 17th-23rd August 2019 was Lance Creek 62mm, Ruby Creek 52mm, Deep Creek 65mm and Battery Creek 41mm.

South Gippsland Water’s Managing Director, Philippe du Plessis said, “Winter rainfall has filled all four of South Gippsland Water’s reservoirs, leaving the region well placed to head into the drier months of spring and summer.”

The large volume of water shedding from catchments over past weeks has also filled, and in many cases, overflowed, a number of the region’s waterways.

“In an open water catchment system, large amounts of run-off into reservoirs and rivers with off-take facilities for local townships can result in additional sediment and debris making its way into raw water storages,” Mr du Plessis explained.

“To ensure drinking water always meets state and national regulations, our water quality and operations staff routinely test and monitor all South Gippsland Water supplies, this enables them to adjust the treatment and processing of raw water to meet the changing conditions encountered on a daily basis.”

Even with storages in good shape, South Gippsland Water encourages customers to be wise with their water-use throughout the entire year not only during summer.

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Reservoir Major towns supplied Capacity level % Current Status
Lance Creek Wonthaggi, Inverloch, Cape Paterson, Korumburra, Poowong, Loch and Nyora 100 Permanent Water Saving Measures

Melbourne Supply System currently utilised

Ruby Creek Leongatha and surrounds 100 Permanent Water Saving Measures
Foster Dam – Deep Creek Foster area 100 Permanent Water Saving Measures
Battery Creek Fish Creek 100 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