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 firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information or assistance.
This week's storage levels
|Storage||Storage level (%)||Source data date||Previous week’s level (%)||Previous year's level (%)|
|Geelong and district||80.5||24-Nov-20||81.2||70.7|
|Central Highlands Water|
|Ballarat and district||93.5||24-Nov-20||93.8||93.5|
|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 Melbourne and Geelong region in the last seven days:
|Date||Melbourne (Olympic Park)||Upper Yarra||Thomson||Geelong|
|Rainfall (mm)||Rainfall (mm)||Rainfall (mm)||Rainfall (mm)|
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Total rainfall received this month in the Melbourne and Geelong region:
|Site||Rainfall (mm) - Total month to date||November Rainfall Average (mm)||Calculation method (for average)|
|Melbourne (Olympic Park)||45.0||63.1||Mean rainfall (mm) - 30 year period 1981 -2010 from Melbourne Regional Office gauge|
|Upper Yarra||48.2||92.1||As per Melbourne Water|
|Thomson||54.8||100.5||As per Melbourne Water|
|Geelong||55.2||52.8||Mean rainfall (mm) - 28 year period 1983 - 2011 from Grovedale (Geelong Airport) gauge|
Seasonal Climate Outlook
BoM Climate outlook (19 November 2020):
- December to February is likely to be wetter than average across most of northern Victoria and patches near Hamilton, Sale and Ballarat (greater than 70% chance). However, southern Victoria and parts of western Victoria have only a slight chance of being wetter than average (65-70 % chance). In south-western Victoria, Otway Coast, Geelong and Wonthaggi regions there is only a 60-65% chance of above average rainfall.
- Throughout December to February, days are expected to be warmer than average across most of Victoria (greater than 65% chance). North-eastern Victoria is likely to have days closer to average (55-65% chance). Victoria's southern coastline, Latrobe Valley region and the south western border region are very likely to be warmer than average (greater than 80% chance). Night-time temperatures are very likely to be warmer than average across Victoria (greater than 80% chance).
Next update is expected on 26 November 2020 (pm)
View the full outlook on the BOM Website.
Climate Driver Update
BoM Climate Driver Update (24 November 2020):
- La Niña continues in the tropical Pacific. International climate models suggest it is likely to continue to at least through February 2021.
- Models suggest the current La Niña will strengthen, peaking in December 2020 or January 2021 at moderate to strong levels.
- La Niña typically increases the chance of above average rainfall across eastern Australia during summer. Climate outlooks indicate rainfall during December 2020 to January 2021 is likely to be above average for most of the country.
- The Southern Annular Mode (SAM) is currently neutral but is expected to increase to positive values over the next week. Positive values are expected at least into early 2021, and typically increase rainfall in south eastern Australia.
The next update is expected on 8 December 2020 (pm)
View the full update 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.
|System||Seasonal Determinations||Date updated|
|Goulburn-Murray Water - 2020-21|
|Goulburn||100%||0%||16 Nov 2020|
|Southern Rural Water - 2020-21|
|Bacchus Marsh/Werribee||90%||0%||18 Nov 2020|
|Thomson/Macalister||100%||0%||18 Nov 2020|
|Grampians Wimmera Mallee Water - 2020-21|
|Wimmera-Mallee Pipeline Product||48%||6 Nov 2020|
|Coliban Water- 2020-21|
|Coliban Rural System||100%||Opening announcement |
1 July 2020
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.
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