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The status of the state’s water resources across various categories, including storage levels, rainfall and seasonal outlooks.

Water storage levels

Metro Melbourne water storage levels

Northern Victoria water storage levels

* Victoria has a 50% share of inflows to Dartmouth and in Hume

Southern Victoria water storage levels

Monthly storage levels

As of the end of January 2024:

  • Regional storages were 91.1% full
    • 0.2% lower than the previous month (91.3%)
  • Melbourne storages were 95.4% full.
    • 0.3% higher than the previous month (95.1%)
  • Total Victorian storages were 91.7% full.
    • 0.2% lower than the previous month (91.9%)

Download the monthly dataset

Updated 22 February 2024. The next update is in mid-March 2024.

Regional, Melbourne and all Victoria monthly storage levels

Bureau of Meteorology rainfall maps

On the Bureau of Meteorology websites, view

Total rainfall received month to date in Victoria

Seasonal climate outlook

Bureau of Meteorology climate outlook

Chance of exceeding median rainfall for March to May 2024
  • There is a moderate chance that March to May rainfall will exceed the median in north-west Victoria and East Gippsland (40-50%), and a lower chance of exceeding the median across the remainder of the state (30-40%).
  • Maximum daily temperatures in March to May are very likely to exceed the median for the whole of Victoria, with a probability of 75->80% for most of the State and a slightly lower likelihood of 70-75% for an isolated pocket of East Gippsland.
  • Minimum daily temperatures in March to May are very likely to exceed the median across Victoria (>75%).
  • Updated on 22 February 2024. The next update is expected on 29 February 2024.

Climate driver update

Bureau of Meteorology climate driver update

ENSO outlook set to El Nino status
  • El Niño continues but sea surface and sub-surface temperatures in the central tropical Pacific Ocean show a clear cooling trend indicating weakening. International climate models suggest the central tropical Pacific Ocean will continue to cool in the coming months, with 4 of 7 climate models indicating the central Pacific is likely to return to neutral El Niño–Southern Oscillation (ENSO) levels in April, with all 7 models neutral in May.
  • Based on the historical record from 1900, around 50% of El Niño events have been followed by a neutral year, and 40–50% have been followed by La Niña. However, global oceans have warmed significantly over the past 50 years. The oceans have been the warmest on record globally between April 2023 and January 2024. These changes may make a difference when predicting future ENSO events based on historical activity.
  • The Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD) remains neutral. The majority of model forecasts indicate the IOD will be neutral until at least April, consistent with the annual cycle of the IOD.
  • The Southern Annular Mode (SAM) index is currently positive as at 17 February. Forecasts indicate that the SAM index will fall briefly to negative SAM levels over the coming week, and then back to neutral SAM levels for the remainder of the coming fortnight. Neutral SAM has little influence on Australian rainfall patterns.
  • The global mean temperature for the 12 months February 2023 to January 2024 was the highest on record.
  • Updated on 22 February 2024. The next update is expected on 5 March 2024.

Current urban restrictions

As at 22 February 2024, there were no towns on restrictions, with permanent water saving rules in place across Victoria.

Urban water corporations publish water restrictions on their websites.

Find your urban water corporation.

Monthly urban restrictions - 2010 to 2024

As at the end of January 2024 permanent water saving rules were in place across Victoria, with no towns on urban restrictions at any time during the month. The last time urban restrictions were in place was in June 2020, when 20 towns were on stage 1 restrictions.

The graph and data below are updated at the end of each month.

Updated 1 February 2024. The next update is in early March 2024.

Graph of total number of towns on urban restrictions from January 2010 to January 2024

Urban restrictions monthly January 2010 to January 2024

Stream restrictions

End-of-month stream restrictions - 2010 to 2024

As at the end of January 2024, there were 37 streams with restrictions or bans on licensed diversions across Victoria - 4 fewer than at the end of December 2023. These are shown in red and purple in the map below.

Map of unregulated streams restricted as at 29 January 2024*

Map of Victorian unregulated stream restrictions as at 29 January 2024

* This map is for indicative purposes only and licence holders should refer to their respective water corporation regarding unregulated stream restrictions. This map does not display current bans for Falls Creek, Smiths Creek and Stony Creek in the Campaspe basin.

The graph and data below are as at the end of each month.

Updated 1 February 2024. The next update is early March 2024.

Graph of total number of unregulated streams restricted from January 2010 to January 2024

Stream restrictions monthly January 2010 to January 2024

Quarterly groundwater level trend summary

Groundwater level trend update

1 July to 30 September 2023 quarter.

Groundwater level trends in groundwater management units (GMUs) are reported quarterly. Groundwater level trends for GMUs have been determined based on 5 years (short-term) or 10 years (long-term) consistent monitoring data from key bores in the State Observation Bore Network (SOBN).

There are 2 categories of GMUs:

  • Groundwater management areas (GMAs)
  • Water supply protection areas (WSPAs)

Updated 16 November 2023. The next update is January/February 2024 (for the October to December 2023 quarter).

Notes

  1. Insufficient data or monitoring bores were available to determine a short-term and long-term trend in 4 GMAs.
  2. Glenelg WSPA was abolished in August 2022.

Short and long term groundwater level trend maps

Seasonal determinations and allocations

Seasonal determinations are made against water shares to provide allocations in declared systems. These can be for high reliability (HRWS) or low reliability (LRWS) water shares. In northern Victoria, Goulburn-Murray Water makes the seasonal determinations in the relevant systems, while Southern Rural Water makes the seasonal determinations in the Thomson/Macalister and Bacchus Marsh/Werribee systems.

In the Grampians Wimmera Mallee Water area, resource assessments are undertaken every month to determine the amount of water that can be made available to entitlement holders. These monthly assessments result in a formal announcement on water allocations.

Coliban Water assesses seasonal allocations for customers on its rural network based on available resources in the Coliban System.

Goulburn-Murray Water

System Seasonal determinations
HRWS
Seasonal determinations
LRWS
Date updated
Goulburn 100% 77% 15 Feb 23
Broken 100% 100% 15 Nov 23
Murray 100% 85% 15 Feb 23
Campaspe 100% 100% 15 Dec 23
Loddon 100% 77% 15 Feb 23
Bullarook 100% 100% 15 Nov 23

Southern Rural Water

System Seasonal determinations
HRWS
Seasonal determinations
LRWS
Date updated

Bacchus Marsh / Werribee

100% 100% 4 Dec 23
Thomson / Macalister 100% 5% 20 Feb 24

Grampians Wimmera Mallee Water

SystemSeasonal determinations - Wimmera-Mallee Pipeline product Date updated
Wimmera87% 9 Feb 24

Coliban Water

System Seasonal determinations Date updated
Coliban Rural System 100% Opening announcement Jul 23

Page last updated: 23/02/24