Water restrictions seem unlikely

GIPPSLAND Water’s water supplies are in good shape heading into summer, despite the dry conditions experienced throughout 2018.

That’s the upshot from the 2018 Gippsland Water Annual Water Outlook report, released last week.

The report draws on current storage levels and water resource modelling to forecast supply security during the year ahead.

Managing director Sarah Cumming said the positive outlook was partly due to the resilience of the local water system.

“Over the last 10 years, we’ve seen substantial investment take place right across the local water infrastructure network,” she said.

“This investment, together with reduced industrial demand, has enabled us to improve supply reliability for our customers.”

Highlights of the report include the news that key storage facility Moondarra Reservoir is full, so too is Blue Rock Dam.

“These two major facilities alone supply around 112 million litres of water each day to homes and businesses across the Latrobe Valley, and much more again to major industry,” Ms Cumming said.

Despite climate predictions indicating the current dry period will extend into next year, Gippsland Water claimed customers could be confident restrictions to water supplies would be unlikely over summer and into 2019.

“Based on the current outlook, we don’t expect to impose water restrictions this season,” Ms Cumming said.

The report is available via the Gippsland Water website.