Storage, River Flow and Rainfall Update

Monday, April 15th, 2019

Rainfall recorded at South Gippsland Water’s storages during the week of 6th – 12th April 2019 was Lance Creek 18mm, Ruby Creek 14mm, Deep Creek 21mm and Battery Creek 20mm.

South Gippsland Water’s Managing Director, Philippe du Plessis said, “With good rainfall last week and the week before, storage levels in all of our reservoirs remain constant.”

“The Ruby Creek system, supplying Leongatha, Leongatha South and Koonwarra, is currently sitting at 53% capacity. We are keeping a close eye on it as it’s a system that is quite quickly effected by dry weather conditions.”

With minimal rainfall in the east of the region, flow in the Tarra River is still low and extraction has ceased; pumping will resume once flows improve.

As has occurred previously, water supplied to the townships of Yarram, Devon North, Alberton and Port Albert by the Devon North Water Treatment Plant is augmented with bore water treated to Australian Drinking Water Guidelines.

Staff will continue to monitor river levels and provide regular flow/pumping status updates via the South Gippsland Water website and the Tarra River flows sign outside the Water Treatment Plant at Devon North. 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


Reservoir Major towns supplied Capacity level % Current Status
Lance Creek Wonthaggi, Inverloch, Cape Paterson, Korumburra, Poowong, Loch and Nyora 80 Permanent Water Saving Measures

Melbourne Supply System currently utilised

Ruby Creek Leongatha and surrounds 53 Permanent Water Saving Measures
Foster Dam – Deep Creek Foster area 81 Permanent Water Saving Measures
Battery Creek Fish Creek 65 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

Low flows- extraction OFF