Storage, River Flow and Rainfall Update

Monday, February 11th, 2019

Monday 11th February 2019

Rainfall recorded at South Gippsland Water’s storages from 1st – 8th February 2019 was Lance Creek 1mm, Ruby Creek 3mm, Deep Creek 4mm and Battery Creek 0.5mm.

South Gippsland Water’s Managing Director, Philippe du Plessis said, “Catchments have received very little rainfall over the past week, our storages still remain at acceptable levels for this time of year, but we encourage all customers to use water wisely as common practice.”

“River flow in the Tarwin, Agnes and Tarra rivers is fluctuating with the dry weather conditions. Flows in the Tarra River recently dropped below 3ML/day which meant off-take to supply the Devon North Water Treatment Plant had to cease.

“Supply to the townships of Yarram, Devon North, Alberton and Port Albert has been augmented with bore water \ treated to Australian Drinking Water Guidelines. We continue to monitor and manage this system closely for customers,” confirmed Mr Du Plessis.

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.

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

More information regarding Permanent Water Saving Rules is available at the South Gippsland Water website

Reservoir Major towns supplied Capacity level % Current Status
Lance Creek Wonthaggi, Inverloch, Cape Paterson, Korumburra, Poowong, Loch and Nyora 88 Permanent Water Saving Measures

Melbourne Supply System currently utilised

Ruby Creek Leongatha and surrounds 74 Permanent Water Saving Measures
Foster Dam – Deep Creek Foster area 90 Permanent Water Saving Measures
Battery Creek Fish Creek 80 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