Storage, River Flow and Rainfall Update

Monday, December 16th, 2019

Rainfall recorded at South Gippsland Water’s storages from 7 December 2019 – 13 December 2019 was Lance Creek 1mm, Ruby Creek 2mm, Deep Creek 1mm and Battery Creek 1mm.

South Gippsland Water’s Managing Director, Philippe du Plessis said, “Storages and river-flows across the region have started to decline. Extreme heat is expected this week, now is the time to ensure water efficient practices are being put in place”.

In addition to the storages, dry conditions and extreme heat will result in river flows dropping. The Tarra River in particular will be closely monitored over the summer months. South Gippsland Water is not permitted to take water at times of low flow and therefore water By Agreement customers situated off the pipeline between Tarra River and the Devon North Water Treatment Plant may not be able access water or will experience extremely low pressure.   Mr du Plessis said that, “River-flows are satisfactory at this stage, Water By Agreement customers are encouraged to be prepared with alternate water supplies should the river experience low flow in future”

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 95 Permanent Water Saving Measures

Melbourne Supply System currently utilised

Ruby Creek Leongatha and surrounds 96 Permanent Water Saving Measures
Foster Dam – Deep Creek Foster area 92 Permanent Water Saving Measures
Battery Creek Fish Creek 99 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