Stage 2 Water Restrictions remain in place until 31st of March 2011

Stage 2 water restrictions are now in place across metropolitan Melbourne and will remain, at least, until 31 March 2011.

The continuation of Stage 2 restrictions will provide Melburnians with greater certainty over the next nine months while maintaining the existing savings by households, industry and the wider community.

Melbourne will remain on Stage 2 water restrictions and Target 155 until at least the end of March 2011, despite recent rainfall pushing Melbourne’s storages close to 50%.

Although there have been a few good months of solid rain which have helped boost storages, Melbourne is now entering summer, and over the next 5 months storages traditionally decrease by around 125 billion litres.

Staying on Stage 2 water restrictions provides households with certainty heading into the warmer months and will ensure we keep using water efficiently.

The water saving efforts of Melbourne households in the past year have been fantastic with daily water use dropping to 143 litres per person per day in 2010. It is because of this water saving, plus rainfall and water projects coming online, that storages are now so high.

While Stage 2 water restrictions are providing more flexibility for Melbournians, we want people to continue to use water wisely, so we are encouraging everyone to still keep to Target 155.

Storages have staged an impressive short-term recovery and are about 220 billion litres higher than at the same time last year. This provides Melbourne with a comfortable level of water security, though we can’t afford to be relaxed or to have a short memory.

Storage levels have eroded quickly in the past, and while there will always be wet years there’s been no change to the fundamental outlook that Melbourne faces a future with more people and less rain. Melbourne will remain vulnerable to drought until levels in the city’s biggest reservoir, the Thomson, recover more lost ground. It is currently at 32%.

Melbourne’s overall storages are currently at 49.3% (as at 22/10/2010). Though inflows are slowing as rain eases, the 50% mark could be reached within 2-3 weeks if current trends continue. Storages tend to peak around November or December and then gradually fall right through until the following winter, so it’s possible that we’ll drop back under 50% before the end of the year.

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