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Last updated 2 October 2018.

Major storage levels

StorageStorage Level (%)Source data datePrevious Week’s Level (%)2017 Level (%)
Melbourne Water
Melbourne system64.72 Oct 1864.570.1
Goulburn-Murray Water
Dartmouth*85.32 Oct 1886.584.4
Hume*51.52 Oct1852.790.7
Eildon64.02 Oct 1865.072.7
Eppalock (Total)55.22 Oct 1856.393.1
Cairn Curran54.12 Oct 1854.182.1
Nillahcootie61.22 Oct 1861.791.1
Tullaroop55.92 Oct 1856.776.5
Barwon Water
Geelong and district65.01 Oct 1865.678.8
Central Highlands Water
Ballarat and district77.62 Oct1877.993.2
Coliban Water
Coliban Southern87.42 Oct 1887.1100.2
Gippsland Water
Moondarra1002 Oct 18100100
Grampians Wimmera Mallee Water
Grampians storages52.326 Sep 1852.565.7
South Gippsland Water
Major systems99.828 Sep 1899.7100
Southern Rural Water
Glenmaggie88.42 Oct 1887.695.4
Blue Rock92.82 Oct 1892.398.4
Werribee Basin**49.42 Oct 1849.567.4
Rosslynne27.02 Oct 1826.837.6
Westernport Water
Candowie74.730 Sep 1875.2100


Rainfall for the week up to 2 October 2018:

Up to 10 mm across majority of the state

10 mm – 25 mm in south and far-east Gippsland and a small part of the south-west Victoria coastline

No rainfall across most of northern Victoria

Visit the BoM website for more information.

The rainfall totals received for the week in millimeters

Monthly average rainfall for September 2018:

0% - 20% across north-western Victoria and pockets of East Gippsland

20% - 60% across majority of the state

60% - 80% in the South Gippsland region

Visit the BoM website for more information.

Seasonal Climate Outlook

The BoM Climate outlook for October to December was issued on 27 September 2018, identifying:

    October shows a strong likelihood of drier conditions across most of the Victoria

    Much of eastern and southern mainland Australia have been very dry and warm since the start of the year. The October to December outlook indicates current drought areas are unlikely to see significant respite in the coming three months

    October to December days are very likely to be warmer than average for most of Australia. Nights are also likely to be warmer than average for most of Australia

    The next update is expected on 11 October 2018 (pm)

View the full outlook on the BOM Website.

Rainfall Outlook

ENSO Outlook

BoM issued the El Niño–Southern Oscillation (ENSO) Outlook on 25 September 2018. The outlook remains at El Niño WATCH:

  • The El Niño–Southern Oscillation (ENSO) remains neutral. However, the Bureau's ENSO Outlook remains at El Niño WATCH, which means the likelihood of El Niño forming in 2018 is approximately 50%; double the normal chance ​.
  • Climate models now indicate less warming of the tropical Pacific is likely compared with last month. As a result, fewer models now predict an El Niño in 2018:
    1. only three of eight models exceed El Niño thresholds in 2018
    2. a fourth model exceeds El Niño thresholds  in early 2019
    3. other four models remain neutral

Next outlook is due on 3 October 2018

View the full outlook on the BOM Website.

El Nino watch image from the Bureau of Meteorology

Seasonal Determination

Seasonal determinations are made against water shares to provide allocations in declared systems. 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.

SystemSeasonal Determination
(as at 1 Oct 2018)
Northern Victoria Seasonal Determinations
Southern Victoria Seasonal Determinations

Additional Information

Weather and Climate

For most up to date information regarding rainfall conditions, seasonal climate outlooks and other climate information, visit the Bureau of Meteorology site.

Groundwater Restrictions

For current groundwater restrictions visit the Goulburn-Murray Water and Southern Rural Water sites.

Seasonal Determinations

Seasonal determinations are made against water shares to provide allocations (Glossary). Visit the Victorian Water Register website for current determinations.

Seasonal Determination Outlook

The Northern Victoria Resource Manager provides information about risk of spill and resource outlook (Glossary) for seasonal determinations.

Water Register and Market Information

The Water Register is a public register of all water-related entitlements in Victoria. It has been designed and built to record water entitlements with integrity and provide crucial information for managing Victoria’s water resources.

You can obtain information about trading water in Victoria at the Victorian Water Register Site. Water products that may be traded in Victoria include water shares, allocations and take and use licences (Glossary)

Urban Water Restrictions

Water restrictions are only applicable to customers on a piped water (reticulated) supply. Urban water corporations publish water restrictions on their websites. Visit the Water in Your Region page to find your urban water corporation via the interactive map.

The Bureau of Meteorology’s Water Restrictions also provides a summary of water restrictions.

Visit the DELWP water restrictions page for more detail on the types of restrictions.

Environmental Water Releases

To learn how water for the environment is being used across the rivers and wetlands of Victoria, visit the Victorian Environmental Water Holder website.

Drought Management

Victorian's Drought Preparedness and Response Framework is being used to support drought-affected communities, Visit the Drought Section of the Agriculture Victoria website for further information.