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Major storage levels

StorageStorage Level (%)Source data datePrevious Week’s Level (%)2018 Level (%)
Melbourne Water
Thomson57.715 Jan 1958.266.3
Cardinia64.815 Jan 196562.2
Upper Yarra54.915 Jan 1955.962.5
Sugarloaf59.815 Jan 1960.990.3
Silvan87.515 Jan 1987.488.1
Tarago79.515 Jan 1980.896.6
Yan Yean78.815 Jan 1979.787.5
Greenvale91.615 Jan 199392
Maroondah72.915 Jan 1977.188.3
O'Shannassy18.615 Jan 1920.587
All storages60.715 Jan 1961.368.7
Goulburn-Murray Water
Dartmouth*70.215 Jan 1970.289.2
Hume*35.315 Jan 1937.265.7
Eildon52.815 Jan 1954.473.5
Eppalock (Total)47.715 Jan 1948.481.4
Cairn Curran54.115 Jan 1954.171.6
Nillahcootie49.215 Jan 1950.994.1
Tullaroop47.315 Jan 1948.170.5
Barwon Water
Geelong and district5214 Jan 1953.366.2
Central Highlands Water
Ballarat and district7015 Jan 1970.985.7
Coliban Water
Coliban Southern73.615 Jan 1975.289
Gippsland Water
Moondarra97.315 Jan 1998.692.7
Grampians Wimmera Mallee Water
Grampians storages4509 Jan 1945.958.2
South Gippsland Water
Major systems90.111 Jan 1991.689.3
Southern Rural Water
Glenmaggie55.815 Jan 1960.486
Blue Rock91.115 Jan 1992.399.7
Werribee Basin**44.115 Jan 1945.358.2
Rosslynne2415 Jan 1924.632.9
Westernport Water
Candowie61.313 Jan 1963.981.9

Rainfall

In the Melbourne Region:

DateMelbourneUpper YarraThomsonGeelong
Rainfall (mm)Rainfall (mm)Rainfall (mm)Rainfall (mm)
09 Jan 190.61.40.00.0
10 Jan 190.00.00.00.0
11 Jan 190.00.00.00.0
12 Jan 190.00.00.00.0
13 Jan 190.00.00.00.0
14 Jan 190.00.00.00.0
15 Jan 190.00.00.00.0
Total0.61.40.00.0

In the Melbourne Region:

SiteRainfall (mm) - Total month to dateJanuary Rainfall Average (mm)Calculation method (for average)
Melbourne (Olympic Park)2.445.1Mean rainfall (mm) - 30 year period 1981 -2010 from Melbourne Regional Office gauge
Upper Yarra4.061.2As per Melbourne Water
Thomson5.061.5As per Melbourne Water
Geelong0.037.3Mean rainfall (mm) - 28 year period 1983 - 2011 from Grovedale (Geelong Airport) gauge

Seasonal Climate Outlook

The BoM Climate outlook for December to February was issued on 20 December 2018 , identifying:

  • January to March is likely to be drier than average eastern mainland Australia. For the remainder of the state, there are roughly equal chances of a wetter or drier three months, i.e., no strong tendency towards a significantly wetter or drier than average season ahead.
  • January to March days are very likely to be warmer than average, with probabilities exceeding 80% for most of the country
  • The next update is expected on 17 January 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

BoM issued the El Niño–Southern Oscillation (ENSO) Outlook on 8 January 2019.

  • The ENSO Outlook remains at El Niño ALERT. This means there is approximately a 70% chance of El Niño fully forming in 2018.
  • While waters at and beneath the surface of the tropical Pacific have been warmer than average since mid-2018, atmospheric indicators of ENSO such as cloudiness, trade winds and the Southern Oscillation Index (SOI) have not responded and have mostly remained neutral.
  • Most models indicate sea surface temperatures in the tropical Pacific are likely to remain near El Niño levels at least until early autumn 2019. Models typically have less skill when forecasting through autumn compared with other seasons. If sea surface temperatures do maintain their anomalous warmth through summer, it increases the chance of El Niño emerging in 2019.
  • The Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD) is neutral. The IOD typically has little influence on Australian climate from December to April.
  • The next update is expected on 22 January 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 Determinations
(as at 15 Jan 2018)
Northern Victoria Seasonal Determinations
 HRWSLRWS
Murray100%0%
Broken32%0%
Goulburn94%0%
Campaspe100%0%
Loddon94%0%
Bullarook100%100%
Southern Victoria Seasonal Determinations
 HRWSLRWS
Bacchus Marsh/Werribee40%0%
Thomson/Macalister100%35%

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: 16/01/2019