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 water.reporting@delwp.vic.gov.au for additional information or assistance.

Major storage levels

StorageStorage Level (%)Source data datePrevious Week’s Level (%)2018 Level (%)
Melbourne Water
Thomson57.33-Dec57.160.2
Cardinia83.83-Dec83.464.4
Upper Yarra43.43-Dec44.359.0
Sugarloaf99.13-Dec99.161.5
Silvan84.23-Dec83.685.8
Tarago64.33-Dec64.283.3
Yan Yean71.53-Dec71.980.7
Greenvale80.93-Dec80.196.8
Maroondah99.13-Dec99.480.9
O'Shannassy6.93-Dec7.742.0
All storages63.93-Dec63.963.0
Goulburn-Murray Water
Dartmouth*53.93-Dec54.174.6
Hume*33.03-Dec34.542.3
Eildon45.73-Dec46.158.1
Eppalock (Total)31.93-Dec32.450.7
Cairn Curran48.33-Dec48.944.5
Nillahcootie38.73-Dec39.255.7
Tullaroop76.63-Dec77.550.9
Barwon Water
Geelong and district69.72-Dec70.658.1
Central Highlands Water
Ballarat and district93.526-Nov94.173.8
Coliban Water
Coliban Southern87.73-Dec88.580.4
Gippsland Water
Moondarra100.03-Dec100.0100.0
Grampians Wimmera Mallee Water
Grampians storages41.927-Nov42.648.7
South Gippsland Water
Major systems95.729-Nov100.097.9
Southern Rural Water
Glenmaggie75.73-Dec76.976.6
Blue Rock99.43-Dec98.893.7
Werribee Basin**68.83-Dec69.346.9
Rosslynne26.33-Dec26.326.3
Westernport Water
Candowie91.61-Dec93.071.0

* 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

As at 12 Sept 2019 total rainfall received in the last seven days in millimeters

Rainfall in the Melbourne Region in the last seven days:

DateMelbourne (Olympic Park) Upper YarraThomsonGeelong
Rainfall (mm)Rainfall (mm)Rainfall (mm)Rainfall (mm)
27-Nov0.09.68.60.4
28-Nov0.00.20.00.0
29-Nov0.00.00.00.0
30-Nov8.08.010.41.8
1-Dec0.00.40.01.6
2-Dec3.49.49.43.2
3-Dec0.46.49.80.2
Total11.83438.27.2

Total rainfall received this month

As at 12 Sept percentage of rainfall received in September 2019 compared to long term average

Total rainfall received this month in the Melbourne Region:

SiteRainfall (mm) - Total month to dateDecember Rainfall Average (mm)Calculation method (for average)
Melbourne (Olympic Park)3.864.1Mean rainfall (mm) - 30 year period 1981 -2010 from Melbourne Regional Office gauge
Upper Yarra16.484.9As per Melbourne Water
Thomson19.282.5As per Melbourne Water
Geelong5.240.1Mean rainfall (mm) - 28 year period 1983 - 2011 from Grovedale (Geelong Airport) gauge

Seasonal Climate Outlook

The climate outlook issued 28 November 2019 indicatesa drier than average summer is likely for eastern Australia.

A drier than average summer is likely for eastern Australia.

Above average daytime temperatures are very likely this summer.

Summer nights likely to be warmer than average except in the southeast.

A strong positive Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD) and periods of negative Southern Annular Mode (SAM) continue to influence the outlook, increasing the likelihood of warmer and drier conditions for large parts of Australia. Both influences are expected to progressively weaken, then dissipate during the first half of the season.

The next update is expected on 5 December 2019 (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.

ENSO Outlook

The El Niño–Southern Oscillation (ENSO) Outlook was issued on 26 November 2019.

ENSO remains neutral while the strong positive Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD) continues.

International climate models surveyed indicate the positive IOD is likely to be slower to decline than usual, and may persist into mid-summer.

Typically, a positive IOD brings below average winter–spring rainfall to southern and central Australia, with warmer days for the southern two-thirds of the country. Positive IOD events are often associated with a more severe fire season for southeast Australia. 

Most climate models forecast ENSO-neutral conditions for the rest of 2019 and into the first quarter of 2020. 

Next update is expected 10 December 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 DeterminationsDate
Goulburn-Murray Water - 2019-20
 HRWSLRWS 
Murray52%0%as at 1 Dec 2019
Broken0%0%
Goulburn63%0%
Campaspe61%0%
Loddon63%0%
Bullarook100%100%
Southern Rural Water - 2019-20
 HRWSLRWS 
Bacchus Marsh/Werribee100%60%as at 3 Dec 2019
Thomson/Macalister100%0%as at 19 Nov 2019
Grampians Wimmera Mallee Water - 2019-20
Wimmera-Mallee Pipeline Product35%as at 8 Nov 2019
Coliban Water- 2019-20
Coliban Rural System100%Opening announcement
1 July 2019

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.

Page last updated: 04/12/19