DELWP regularly updates the community on the status of the state’s water across a variety of categories including storage levels, rainfall, and seasonal outlooks.
Contact the water reporting team at email@example.com for additional information or assistance.
Major storage levels
|Storage||Storage level (%)||Source data date||Previous week’s level (%)||Previous year's level (%)|
|Geelong and district||55.3||30-Jun-20||55.0||40.2|
|Central Highlands Water|
|Ballarat and district||80.1||30-Jun-20||79.8||65.8|
|Grampians Wimmera Mallee Water|
|South Gippsland Water|
|Southern Rural Water|
* Victoria has a 50% share of inflows to Dartmouth and in Hume
** Werribee Basin storage value is the combined volume of the Melton, Merrimu and Pykes reservoirs
Rainfall in the Melbourne Region in the last seven days:
|Date||Melbourne (Olympic Park)||Upper Yarra||Thomson||Geelong|
|Rainfall (mm)||Rainfall (mm)||Rainfall (mm)||Rainfall (mm)|
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Total rainfall received this month in the Melbourne Region:
|Site||June 2020 Rainfall total (mm)||June Rainfall Average (mm)||Calculation method (for average)|
|Melbourne (Olympic Park)||29.0||46.5||Mean rainfall (mm) - 30 year period 1981 -2010 from Melbourne Regional Office gauge|
|Upper Yarra||88.2||104.2||As per Melbourne Water|
|Thomson||41.6||107.5||As per Melbourne Water|
|Geelong||20.6||40.4||Mean rainfall (mm) - 28 year period 1983 - 2011 from Grovedale (Geelong Airport) gauge|
Seasonal Climate Outlook
- The BOM climate outlook was updated on 25 June 2020
- July rainfall is likely be below average for parts of southeast Australia
- August to October turns wetter with the three month period likely to be wetter than average for much of northern and eastern Victoria, while the south-east and central areas have a roughly equal chance of being wetter or drier.
- Both days and nights during July to September are likely to be warmer than average across Australia.
- Next update is expected on 2 July 2020 (pm)
View the full outlook on the BOM Website.
Climate Driver Update
- The Climate Driver Update was issued on 23 June 2020.
- Both the El Niño–Southern Oscillation (ENSO) and Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD) remain neutral. However, cooling in the tropical Pacific Ocean has continued, and the majority of models anticipate this cooling will be close to the threshold for La Niña by early spring.
- Consequently, the Bureau's ENSO Outlook has shifted to La Niña WATCH. This means the chance of La Niña forming in 2020 is around 50%—roughly double the average likelihood.
- Despite recent cooling in the eastern Indian Ocean, three of six models continue to suggest the possibility of a negative IOD developing during winter or early spring.
- The Southern Annular Mode (SAM) is currently positive and is forecast to remain positive for the remainder of June and early July. During winter, a positive SAM typically means less rainfall for southwest Western Australia, southern Victoria, and Tasmania.
- The Madden–Julian Oscillation (MJO) is currently weak, and is not expected to influence Australia's climate in the coming fortnight.
- The next update is expected on 7 July 2020 (pm)
On 23 June 2020 the ENSO Wrap–Up changed its name to the Climate Driver Update, recognising that the ENSO Wrap–Up has long provided more than just ENSO information. BoM will continue to provide fortnightly updates on the current state of the Pacific and Indian oceans, covering ENSO and the IOD, but will also include more information about drivers from the Southern Ocean and tropics—the Southern Annular Mode and Madden–Julian Oscillation.
View the full update on the BOM Website.
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.
|Goulburn-Murray Water - 2020-21|
|Goulburn||35%||0%||as at 1 Jul 2020|
|Southern Rural Water - 2020-21|
|Bacchus Marsh/Werribee||30%||0%||as at 1 Jul 2020|
|Thomson/Macalister||100%||0%||as at 1 Jul 2020|
|Grampians Wimmera Mallee Water - 2020-21|
|Wimmera-Mallee Pipeline Product||TBA 3 July 2020|
|Coliban Water- 2020-21|
|Coliban Rural System||100%||Opening announcement |
1 July 2020
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.
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.
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.
Page last updated: 02/07/20