This is a snapshot of the status of Victoria's water resources.

We are continuously improving our reporting so if there is any information you would like to see please contact us.

Last updated 14 August 2018.

Major storage levels

Storage Storage level (%) Source data date Previous week's level (%) 2017 level (%)
Melbourne Water
Melbourne system 60 13-Aug-18 59.4 63.2
Goulburn-Murray Water
Dartmouth* 89.7 13-Aug-18 89.4 79.3
Hume* 47.3 13-Aug-18 45.4 79.8
Eildon 59 13-Aug-18 56.1 63.4
Eppalock (Total) 61.4 13-Aug-18 60.1 90.1
Cairn Curran 54.1 13-Aug-18 54.1 76
Nillahcootie 58.1 13-Aug-18 56.1 83.1
Tullaroop 56.5 13-Aug-18 56 72.6
Barwon Water
Geelong and district 59.3 12-Aug-18 56.3 62.8
Central Highlands Water
Ballarat and district 73.4 07-Aug-18 72.5 84.3
Coliban Water
Coliban Southern 80.3 13-Aug-18 74.5 83.1
Gippsland Water
Moondarra 88.9 13-Aug-18 87.6 70.2
Grampians Wimmera Mallee Water
Grampians storages 49.3 08-Aug-18 47.8 56.2
South Gippsland Water
Major systems 85.1 10-Aug-18 82.7 80
Southern Rural Water
Glenmaggie 53.9 13-Aug-18 43.9 32.8
Blue Rock 88.1 13-Aug-18 87.6 91.1
Werribee Basin** 48.1 13-Aug-18 47 60.8
Rosslynne 25.5 13-Aug-18 24.9 37.2
Westernport Water
Candowie 63.3 12-Aug-18 60.9 68.6


For the week to 14 August 2018:

Up to 10mm: A section around Melbourne and Barwon as well as north-west and east of Victoria
10mm – 50mm: Majority of the state
50mm – 100mm: Alpine region, Otways Coast, parts of South Gippsland and a small section in the south-west

Visit the BoM website for more information.

For August 2018 to date (14 August):

Majority of the state has received 20-60%
Areas around Gippsland received 0-20%
Areas to the far west received 60-125%

Visit the BoM website for more information.

Map showing rainfall for the week ending 13 August 2018

Map showing rainfall for the month to date as at 13 August 2018

Seasonal Climate Outlook

The BoM Climate outlook for August to October was issued on 26 July 2018, identifying:

  • Victoria is likely to be drier than average.
  • Days and nights are likely to be warmer than average during August to October.
  • These forecast warmer and drier conditions suggest that Victoria is less likely to see a respite in the coming season from current dry conditions.

The next update is expected on 16 August 2018 (am)

View the full outlook on the BOM Website.

Rainfall Outlook

ENSO Outlook

BoM issued the El Niño–Southern Oscillation (ENSO) Outlook on 14 August 2018. The outlook remains at El Niño WATCH:

  • The El Niño–Southern Oscillation (ENSO) remains neutral. However, the Bureau's ENSO Outlook remains at El Niño WATCH, which means the likelihood of El Niño forming in 2018 is approximately 50%; double the normal chance. 
  • Most international climate models surveyed by the Bureau predict warming of the tropical Pacific is likely to recommence in the coming weeks. Most models suggest El Niño thresholds are likely to be reached by the end of the year, with the majority suggesting these thresholds could be met by mid to late spring.

The next update is expected on 28 August 2018 (pm)

View the full outlook on the BOM Website.

El Nino watch image from the Bureau of Meteorology

Seasonal Determination

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.

System Seasonal Determination
(as at 13 August)

Northern Victoria Seasonal Determinations

Murray 47% HRWS
Broken 0% HRWS
Goulburn 37% HRWS
Campaspe 100% HRWS
Loddon 37% HRWS
Bullarook 0% HRWS

Southern Victoria Seasonal Determinations

Werribee 15% HRWS
0% LRWS 
Thomson/Macalister 65% HRWS

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.