COLIBAN Water says its storage levels remain strong despite a dry autumn.
While Bendigo fell well short of the long-term average of 107.3 millimetres of rain for autumn, rainfall over the three months at Coliban’s storages near Kyneton was 144mm and just 19mm below the average.
That was enough to see inflows for autumn of more than 1000 megalitres, but that figure remained well down on averages.
“This autumn has been one of the top five warmest autumns on record in Victoria for day time temperatures and one of the top 10 driest,” Coliban Water’s chief operating officer Neville Pearce.
“Our autumn inflow this year was 1082 megalitres, which is a quarter of what we had for the same period last year and less than half the long-term average.
“However, our storage levels remain strong at 66 per cent, holding more than 46,000 megalitres, and the winter-spring period is when we traditionally receive 90-95 per cent of our annual inflows.”
Coliban’s storages were exceeding capacity in October last year and Mr Pearce said the organisation has been monitoring and managing the resources.
Mr Pearce also said the Coliban’s forecast for rural water customers ahead of the 2018/19 season has not changed.
“We will announce our rural season opening allocation on July 1 and we anticipate that the allocation will remain at 100 per cent for the 2018/19 rural season,” he said.
Coliban’s storages will receive another boost this weekend, with rain forecast for today to continue into the weekend.
The Bureau of Meteorology says Bendigo is likely to receive between six and 15 millimetres of rainfall today, with showers continuing through the weekend.
Another band of rain will sweep across the state early next week, expected to deliver up to 15mm of rain.
Coliban has also issued a warning this week about dumping at its storages, after recent discoveries of rubbish at Upper Coliban Reservoir.
Coliban’s Mick Dunne said over the past year there has been an increase in people dumping rubbish at Lauriston, Upper Coliban and Malmsbury reservoirs, near Kyneton.