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Major storage levels

StorageStorage Level (%)Source data datePrevious Week’s Level (%)2018 Level (%)
Melbourne Water
Thomson55.92 Feb 1956.764.9
Cardinia63.12 Feb 1964.161.0
Upper Yarra54.62 Feb 1954.063.9
Sugarloaf55.42 Feb 1957.586.7
Silvan88.92 Feb 1985.787.3
Tarago75.02 Feb 1976.993.4
Yan Yean77.52 Feb 1977.986.8
Greenvale86.22 Feb 1988.191.2
Maroondah66.42 Feb 1967.080.3
O'Shannassy10.92 Feb 1911.768.8
All storages58.92 Feb 1959.567.4
Goulburn-Murray Water
Hume*32.12 Feb 1933.160.9
Eildon48.12 Feb 1949.771.1
Eppalock (Total)45.22 Feb 1946.178.8
Cairn Curran39.02 Feb 1938.469.3
Nillahcootie43.62 Feb 1945.287.6
Tullaroop45.12 Feb 1945.968.2
Barwon Water
Geelong and district47.72 Feb 1949.462.7
Central Highlands Water
Ballarat and district68.129 Jan 1969.284.2
Coliban Water
Coliban Southern70.929 Jan 1972.286.0
Gippsland Water
Moondarra92.13 Feb 1993.793.8
Grampians Wimmera Mallee Water
Grampians storages42.230 Jan 1943.255.2
South Gippsland Water
Major systems86.925 Jan 1988.886.1
Southern Rural Water
Glenmaggie42.94 Feb 1946.376.5
Blue Rock88.14 Feb 1988.998.1
Werribee Basin**41.24 Feb 194258.2
Rosslynne22.34 Feb 1922.931.7
Westernport Water
Candowie57.327 Jan 1959.577.8

Rainfall

Total rainfall received in millimetres in January 2019

In the Melbourne Region:

DateMelbourneUpper YarraThomsonGeelong
Rainfall (mm)Rainfall (mm)Rainfall (mm)Rainfall (mm)
28 Jan 190.00.00.00.0
29 Jan 190.00.00.00.0
30 Jan 190.00.00.00.0
31 Jan 196.63.68.00.0
1 Feb 190.00.00.00.2
2 Feb 190.00.00.00.0
3 Feb 190.00.00.00.0
Total6.63.68.00.2

Percentage of rainfall received compared to long term average in January 2019

In the Melbourne Region:

SiteRainfall (mm) - Total month to dateJanuary Rainfall Average (mm)Calculation method (for average)
Melbourne (Olympic Park)11.245.1Mean rainfall (mm) - 30 year period 1981 -2010 from Melbourne Regional Office gauge
Upper Yarra1261.2As per Melbourne Water
Thomson19.661.5As per Melbourne Water
Geelong2.037.3Mean rainfall (mm) - 28 year period 1983 - 2011 from Grovedale (Geelong Airport) gauge

Seasonal Climate Outlook

The BoM Climate outlook for February to April 2019 was issued on 31 January 2019 , identifying:

  • The Outlook indicates much of southern Australia is likely to experience a drier than average three months.
  • In February, parts of Victoria over and near the Great Dividing Range have an increased chance of being wetter than usual.
  • Warmer than usual days and nights are very likely for most of Australia for February to April.  This follows Australia's warmest December and what looks almost certain to be the warmest January on record.
  • The next update is expected on 14 February2019

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.

ENSO Outlook

BoM issued the El Niño–Southern Oscillation (ENSO) Outlook on 22 January 2019.

  • The ENSO Outlook has been lowered to El Niño WATCH. Recent observations and climate model outlooks suggest the immediate risk of El Niño has passed.
  • However, there remains an increased likelihood that El Niño will develop later in 2019. The Bureau's ENSO Outlook has therefore moved to El Niño WATCH, meaning there is approximately a 50% chance of El Niño developing during the southern hemisphere autumn or winter.
  • The Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD) is neutral. The IOD typically has little influence on Australian climate from December to April.
  • The next update is expected on 5 February 2019.

View the full outlook 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 Determinations
(as at 15 Jan 2018)
Northern Victoria Seasonal Determinations
 HRWSLRWS
Murray100%0%
Broken32%0%
Goulburn94%0%
Campaspe100%0%
Loddon94%0%
Bullarook100%100%
Southern Victoria Seasonal Determinations
 HRWSLRWS
Bacchus Marsh/Werribee40%0%
Thomson/Macalister100%35%

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.

Page last updated: 04/02/19