Water managment

Water storages healthy

27 December 2017

Shepparton News

Goulburn-Murray Water is entering the new year on a high note, with water storages averaging a healthy 80 per cent and Victoria’s highest capacity dam Dartmouth just under than 90 per cent full.

‘‘These figures bode very well for water security over summer and, indeed, throughout 2018,’’ G-MW managing director Pat Lennon said.

‘‘You only have to go back a short time when G-MW and its customers would start off the calendar year with some trepidation on how water availability would hold up during the warmer months, when demand typically reaches its peak.

‘‘For example, in 2015 our storages were less than half full at 47 per cent, which placed added pressure on our operating region, which covers about a third of Victoria and manages 70 per cent of its stored water.

‘‘Of course, we’re mindful that the most recent top-up of our storages came at a cost for many, with record rainfall in the opening days of December causing damage across the Goulburn-Murray Irrigation District and in the north-east.

‘‘However, the water harvesting we were able to take advantage of on behalf of our customers during this period was the true silver lining from these storm clouds.’’

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