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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 April 2024:

  • Regional storages were 78.7% full
    • 2.7% lower than the previous month (81.4%)
  • Melbourne storages were 89% full.
    • 1.7% lower than the previous month (90.7%)
  • Total Victorian storages were 80.2% full.
    • 2.5% lower than the previous month (82.7%)

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Updated 17 May 2024. The next update is in mid-June 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 July to September 2024
  • There is a slightly likely chance (55-65%) that July to September rainfall will exceed the median across East Gippsland. There is a moderate chance (40-55%) in most of Central Gippsland, the Mallee, metropolitan Melbourne and the greater Geelong region. There is a low likelihood (20-40%) over the remainder of the Victoria.
  • Minimum and maximum daily temperatures in July to September are very likely to exceed the median (>80% chance) for all of Victoria.
  • Updated on 13 June 2024. The next update is expected on 20 June 2024.

Climate driver update

Bureau of Meteorology climate driver update

ENSO outlook set to La Nina Watch status
  • The El Niño–Southern Oscillation (ENSO) is currently neutral.
  • The Bureau's ENSO Outlook is at La Niña Watch. A La Niña Watch does not guarantee La Niña development. There is about an equal chance of neutral ENSO conditions developing in the same outlook period.
  • Climate models suggest that sea surface temperatures (SSTs) in the central tropical Pacific are likely to continue to cool over the coming months. Four of seven models suggest SSTs are likely to remain at neutral ENSO levels, with the remaining three models showing SSTs cooling to La Niña levels from August.
  • Global SSTs have been the warmest on record for each month between April 2023 and May 2024. The global pattern of warmth is affecting the typical historical global pattern of sea surface temperatures associated with ENSO and the Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD).  As the current global ocean conditions have not been observed before, historical comparisons based on past ENSO or IOD events may not be reliable.
  • Updated on 11 June 2024. The next update is expected on 25 June 2024.

Current urban restrictions

As at 13 June 2024, there were no towns on restrictions, with permanent water saving rules in place across Victoria. The last time urban restrictions were in place was in June 2020, when 20 towns were on stage 1 restrictions.

Urban water corporations publish water restrictions on their websites.

Find your urban water corporation.

Monthly urban restrictions - 2010 to 2024

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

Updated 6 June 2024. The next update is in early July 2024.

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

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

Stream restrictions

End-of-month stream restrictions - 2010 to 2024

As at the end of May 2024, there were 66 stream sections with restrictions or bans on licensed diversions across Victoria - 3 fewer than at the end of April 2024. These are shown in red and purple in the map below.

Map of unregulated streams restricted as at 20 May 2024*

Map of Victorian unregulated stream restrictions as at 20 May 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 all unregulated stream restrictions.

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

Updated 23 May 2024. The next update is late June 2024.

Graph of total number of unregulated stream sections restricted from January 2010 to May 2024

Total number of unregulated stream section restrictions from January 2010 to May 2024

Quarterly groundwater level trend summary

Groundwater level trend update

1 October to 31 December 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 21 March 2024. The next update is June 2024 (for the January to March 2024 quarter).

Notes

  1. Trends are calculated mathematically using data with variable timescales, and do not necessarily represent the status of the resource for management purposes.
  2. Insufficient data or monitoring bores were available to determine a short-term and long-term trend in 6 GMAs.
  3. 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% 2 Apr 24
Broken 100% 100% 15 Nov 23
Murray 100% 100% 15 Mar 24
Campaspe 100% 100% 15 Dec 23
Loddon 100% 77% 2 Apr 24
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% 100% 30 Apr 24

Grampians Wimmera Mallee Water

SystemSeasonal determinations - Wimmera-Mallee Pipeline product Date updated
Wimmera87% 7 Jun 24

Coliban Water

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

Page last updated: 14/06/24