Water storages set for summer

December 16, 2021 BY

Flowing: The Lal Lal Reservoir, which is shared between Central Highlands Water and Barwon Water, spilt over its floodway for the second consecutive year in August. Photo: FILE

CENTRAL Highlands Water’s annual water outlook has revealed water resources are in a “very good position” in the lead up to summer, but the organisation is reminding residents to stick to water saving rules.

Managing director Paul O’Donohue said recent rainfall had almost filled storages, leading to the positive forecast.

“We had good rainfall over the past few months which means our reservoirs are near capacity and ground water levels are normal, placing our water resources in a very good position for the warmer months ahead,” he said.

“We understand that a secure and reliable water supply is fundamental to the health and wellbeing of our community and we again expect to meet community water supply demand from our local storages this year.”

The Lal Lal Reservoir spilled over for the fifth time since 1997 in August this year, while three storages in Daylesford are also at capacity and Maryborough’s surface water is sitting at 93 per cent.

“We thank everyone in our community for playing their part in using water wisely,” Mr O’Donohue said.

“As we come into the summer period, it’s a great time to refer back to our Permanent Water Saving Rules and ensure we keep this up.”