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 (%)||2018 Level (%)|
|Geelong and district||56.4||31-Mar||57.0||37.3|
|Central Highlands Water|
|Ballarat and district||81.5||31-Mar||82.2||60.5|
|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 last seven days
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)|
Total rainfall received this month
Total rainfall received this month in the Melbourne Region:
|Site||Rainfall (mm) - Total month to date||April Rainfall Average (mm)||Calculation method (for average)|
|Melbourne (Olympic Park)||23||50.2||Mean rainfall (mm) - 30-year period 1981 -2010 from Melbourne Regional Office gauge|
|Upper Yarra||25.4||69.1||As per Melbourne Water|
|Thomson||9.2||71.1||As per Melbourne Water|
|Geelong||21.2||45.2||Mean rainfall (mm) - 28-year period 1983 - 2011 from Grovedale (Geelong Airport) gauge|
Seasonal Climate Outlook
The BOM climate outlook was issued on 2 April 2020.
- April rainfall is very likely to be above average for most of Australia (60–80% chance across southern Australia), except for parts of the east coast, seaward of the Great Dividing Range, which have roughly equal chances of wetter or drier conditions.
- May to July is also likely to be wetter than average for much of western, central and southern Australia (mostly 60–75% chance).
- April to June days are likely to be cooler across much of the southern mainland but nights are very likely to be warmer than average nationwide.
- While recent rainfall over parts of eastern Australia has eased the dry in many areas, long-term rainfall deficiencies remain for many regions. Several months of above average rainfall may be required increase streamflows and replenish water storages. This outlook shows some possibility of further relief in the coming months.
Next update is expected on 9 April 2020
View the full outlook on the BOM Website.
The El Niño–Southern Oscillation (ENSO) Outlook was issued on 31 March 2020.
- The tropical Pacific remains neutral with respect to the El Niño–Southern Oscillation (ENSO).
- Six of the eight climate models surveyed by the Bureau indicate that ENSO is likely to stay neutral through the southern hemisphere winter, meaning it will have limited influence on Australian and global climate in the coming months. The remaining two models suggest La Niña conditions may develop during winter.
- The Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD) is neutral. The IOD typically has little influence on Australian climate from December to April.
- Recently the Southern Annular Mode (SAM) has been positive but is forecast to return to neutral levels over the next few days and then remain neutral for the following three weeks. SAM has little influence upon Australian rainfall in autumn.
The next update is expected on 14 April 2020
View the full outlook 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 - 2019-20|
|Goulburn||78%||0%||as at 16 Mar 2020|
|Southern Rural Water - 2019-20|
|Bacchus Marsh/Werribee||100%||80%||as at 10 Mar 2020|
|Thomson/Macalister||100%||40%||as at 10 Mar 2020|
|Grampians Wimmera Mallee Water - 2019-20|
|Wimmera-Mallee Pipeline Product||42%||as at 6 Mar 2020|
|Coliban Water- 2019-20|
|Coliban Rural System||100%||Opening announcement |
1 July 2019
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: 03/04/20