Storage, River Flow and Rainfall Update

Monday, September 16th, 2019

Rainfall recorded at South Gippsland Water’s storages during the week of 7th – 13th September 2019 was Lance Creek 24mm, Ruby Creek 35mm, Deep Creek 42mm and Battery Creek 50mm.

South Gippsland Water’s Managing Director, Philippe du Plessis said, “With recent rainfalls, catchments are well saturated and the percentage of runoff to reservoirs has increased, keeping all four of the region’s reservoirs at 100% capacity for a number of weeks now.”

“Our water quality and operations staff regularly test and monitor all South Gippsland Water supplies as part of routine operations,” explained Mr du Plessis. “The treatment and processing of raw water is adapted to contend with the changing conditions within each catchment, ensuring drinking water always meets state and national regulations.”

With reliable water quality and storages in good shape, drinking tap water provides benefits to health, the environment and the hip-pocket. Along with many other water corporations, South Gippsland Water is an advocate of Choose Tap, encouraging customers and community to drink tap water rather than buying bottled water.

High quality water is essential for good health and, according to Choose Tap, Australia spends more than $736 million a year on bottled water, with bottled water costing approximately 2,000 times as much as tap water.

“That’s not only a lot of money, it’s a lot of plastic that can end up in the environment if it’s not reused or recycled properly,” highlighted Mr du Plessis. “We encourage South Gippsland Water customers to make use of the high quality tap water available to them and refill reusable water bottles whenever and wherever possible.”

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 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