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Major storage levels

StorageStorage Level (%)Source data datePrevious Week’s Level (%)2018 Level (%)
Melbourne Water
Upper Yarra49.219-Jun50.046.9
Yan Yean71.919-Jun71.982.6
All storages50.019-Jun49.958.2
Goulburn-Murray Water
Eppalock (Total)36.119-Jun36.261.3
Cairn Curran33.219-Jun31.853.5
Barwon Water
Geelong and district37.418-Jun35.150.6
Central Highlands Water
Ballarat and district61.718-Jun59.973.1
Coliban Water
Coliban Southern61.419-Jun59.266.1
Gippsland Water
Grampians Wimmera Mallee Water
Grampians storages35.019-Jun34.345.7
South Gippsland Water
Major systems74.214-Jun71.864.6
Southern Rural Water
Blue Rock76.319-Jun75.784.3
Werribee Basin**45.119-Jun40.846.5
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

Rainfall in the last seven days

Total rainfall received February 2019 to date as at 21 Feb 2019 in millimetres

Rainfall in the Melbourne Region in the last seven days:

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

Total rainfall received this month

Percentage of rainfall received compared to long term average for March 2019 to date

Total rainfall received this month in the Melbourne Region:

SiteRainfall (mm) - Total month to dateJune Rainfall Average (mm)Calculation method (for average)
Melbourne (Olympic Park)37.646.5Mean rainfall (mm) - 30 year period 1981 -2010 from Melbourne Regional Office gauge
Upper Yarra98.4103.8As per Melbourne Water
Thomson68.8109.5As per Melbourne Water
Geelong66.640.4Mean rainfall (mm) - 28 year period 1983 - 2011 from Grovedale (Geelong Airport) gauge

Seasonal Climate Outlook

The BoM Climate outlook for March to May 2019 was issued on 13 June 2019:

The BOM climate outlook, issued 13 June 2019, suggests a drier than average three months is likely for most of Australia. Chances of a drier July to September are highest across southwest and southeast Australia where chances of a drier three months exceed 75%. July to September daytime temperatures are likely to be warmer than average. Nights are likely to be warmer across Australia' southeast. Climate influences include a likely positive Indian Ocean Dipole, a weakening of El Niño-like patterns in the tropical Pacific, and the tendency for higher pressures over southern and eastern Australia keeping cold fronts further south than usual

The next update is expected on 27 June 2019

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

The El Niño–Southern Oscillation (ENSO) Outlook was issued on 11th June 2019.

The tropical Pacific Ocean and atmosphere remain near El Niño thresholds, meaning the ENSO Outlook remains at El Niño WATCH. Climate models suggest a gradual shift away from El Niño levels over the coming months. Indian Ocean temperature forecasts, on the other hand, show a positive Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD) through the southern winter, which is likely to be the dominant climate driver for Australia.

In the Indian Ocean, waters off Sumatra have cooled over the past fortnight, with the IOD index now exceeding positive thresholds for three weeks. All but one of the climate models suggest positive IOD values will persist through winter and into spring. To be considered a positive IOD event, positive thresholds need to be maintained for at least two months. A positive IOD often results in below average winter–spring rainfall over southern and central Australia.

View the full outlook on the BOM Website.

The next update is expected on 25th June 2019.

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
Goulburn-Murray Water 
Murray100%0%as at 1 April 2019
Southern Rural Water
Bacchus Marsh/Werribee45%0%as at 23 April 2019
Thomson/Macalister100%35%as at 7 May 2019
Grampians Wimmera Mallee Water
Wimmera-Mallee Pipeline Product55%as at 3 May 2019
Coliban Water
Coliban Rural System100%Opening announcement
1 July 2018

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: 22/06/19