Reservoirs benefit from winter rain

Upper Coliban Reservoir at 98 per cent capacity (Supplied) 214938_01

Jessica Micallef

A wetter than average August has put Coliban Water’s catchment storages in a good position heading into spring and the “peak” summer demand period, according to the authority.

Coliban Water’s climate and population adaptation executive general manger Steve Healy said 103 millimetres of rain last month resulted in overall catchment storage volume increasing by 11 per cent.

“Lauriston, Malmsbury and Upper Coliban reservoirs, near Kyneton, are 87 per cent full with a combined volume of 60,801 megalitres,” he said.

“Our total winter rainfall was 204 millimetres, 40 millimetres below the long-term average.

“Our storage volume is five per cent lower than this time last year but we are in a good position and the Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting wetter than average conditions for the next few months.”

Coliban Water has nine water supply systems across its region, each all reliant on rainfall over winter and spring.

“Our catchment storages are the only source of supply for towns in our Coliban southern system, which includes Castlemaine and Kyneton,” Mr Healy said.

“We all have a part to play in our region’s water security. We would like to remain all our urban customers to follow the permanent water saving rules in place across our region at all times.

“Water saving ideas for the home, business and garden can also be found on our website.”

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