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 for additional information or assistance.

This week's storage levels

StorageStorage level (%)Source data datePrevious week’s level (%)Previous year's level (%)
Melbourne Water
Upper Yarra41.625-Nov-2041.744.2
Yan Yean92.125-Nov-2090.971.9
All storages75.725-Nov-2075.463.9
Goulburn-Murray Water
Eppalock (Total)46.225-Nov-2046.532.6
Cairn Curran49.325-Nov-2049.648.9
Barwon Water
Geelong and district80.524-Nov-2081.270.7
Central Highlands Water
Ballarat and district93.524-Nov-2093.893.5
Coliban Water
Coliban Southern96.025-Nov-2096.488.5
Gippsland Water
Grampians Wimmera Mallee Water
Grampians storages39.725-Nov-2040.142.0
South Gippsland Water
Major systems97.220-Nov-2098.995.8
Southern Rural Water
Blue Rock100.425-Nov-2099.898.8
Werribee Basin**67.425-Nov-2067.469.4
Westernport 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

Map of rainfall received in the last seven days

As at 9 January 2020 total rainfall received in the last seven days in millimeters

View the map on the BOM Website.

Rainfall in the Melbourne and Geelong region in the last seven days:

DateMelbourne (Olympic Park)Upper YarraThomsonGeelong
Rainfall (mm)Rainfall (mm)Rainfall (mm)Rainfall (mm)

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Map of total rainfall received this month

As at 9 January percentage of rainfall received in January 2020 compared to long term average

View the map on the BOM Website.

Total rainfall received this month in the Melbourne and Geelong region:

SiteRainfall (mm) - Total month to dateNovember Rainfall Average (mm)Calculation method (for average)
Melbourne (Olympic Park)45.063.1Mean rainfall (mm) - 30 year period 1981 -2010 from Melbourne Regional Office gauge
Upper Yarra48.292.1As per Melbourne Water
Thomson54.8100.5As per Melbourne Water
Geelong55.252.8Mean rainfall (mm) - 28 year period 1983 - 2011 from Grovedale (Geelong Airport) gauge

Seasonal Climate Outlook

BoM Climate outlook (19 November 2020):

  • December to February is likely to be wetter than average across most of northern Victoria and patches near Hamilton, Sale and Ballarat (greater than 70% chance). However, southern Victoria and parts of western Victoria have only a slight chance of being wetter than average (65-70 % chance). In south-western Victoria, Otway Coast, Geelong and Wonthaggi regions there is only a 60-65% chance of above average rainfall.
  • Throughout December to February, days are expected to be warmer than average across most of Victoria (greater than 65% chance). North-eastern Victoria is likely to have days closer to average (55-65% chance).  Victoria's southern coastline, Latrobe Valley region and the south western border region are very likely to be warmer than average (greater than 80% chance). Night-time temperatures are very likely to be warmer than average across Victoria (greater than 80% chance).

Next update is expected on 26 November 2020 (pm)

View the full outlook on the BOM Website.

Bureau of Meteorology climate outlook image of the southeast of Australia. Chance of exceeding the median Rainfall.

Climate Driver Update

BoM Climate Driver Update (24 November 2020):

  • La Niña continues in the tropical Pacific. International climate models suggest it is likely to continue to at least through February 2021.
  • Models suggest the current La Niña will strengthen, peaking in December 2020 or January 2021 at moderate to strong levels.
  • La Niña typically increases the chance of above average rainfall across eastern Australia during summer. Climate outlooks indicate rainfall during December 2020 to January 2021 is likely to be above average for most of the country.
  • The Southern Annular Mode (SAM) is currently neutral but is expected to increase to positive values over the next week. Positive values are expected at least into early 2021, and typically increase rainfall in south eastern Australia.

The next update is expected on 8 December 2020 (pm)

View the full update on the BOM Website

El Nino Watch image from the Bureau of Meteorology

Seasonal Determinations

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 DeterminationsDate updated
Goulburn-Murray Water - 2020-21
Goulburn100%0%16 Nov 2020
Southern Rural Water - 2020-21
Bacchus Marsh/Werribee90%0%18 Nov 2020
Thomson/Macalister100%0%18 Nov 2020
Grampians Wimmera Mallee Water - 2020-21
Wimmera-Mallee Pipeline Product48%6 Nov 2020
Coliban Water- 2020-21
Coliban Rural System100%Opening announcement
1 July 2020

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, Grampians Wimmera Mallee 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.

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