Water Storages

Daylesford’s Wombat and Bullarto Reservoirs are at 100%. Sometimes, the reservoirs don’t fill until November. In 2015 the system did not fill at all. The current position is good news indeed!

The unpredictable nature of the reservoirs is one reason that we have spent considerable effort in the past few years to upgrade Bullarto Reservoir. Works to enable full use of the Coomoora groundwater resource have been completed, along with pumping upgrades at Hepburn Reservoir.

Overall the water resource status is now in a very good position despite the Bureau of Meteorology reporting low probability of average rainfall over the next three months.

We continue to plan for the ongoing provision of secure water resources to support the Daylesford community for the uncertain future impacts of climate change.

 

CHW Reservoir Water Storages, as at 20 August 2019

Ballarat System

Reservoir Total Capacity (ML) Current Volume (ML) Current Volume (% full)
Beales Reservoir 415 252 60.8 %
Cosgrave Reservoir 680 680 100.0 %
Gong Gong Reservoir 1,902 1,926 101.3 %
Kirks Reservoir 400 331 82.9 %
Lal Lal Reservoir (CHW Share)* 35,670 35,343 99.1 %
Lal Lal Reservoir (Total)* 59,549 55,346 92.9%
Moorabool Reservoir 6,192 3,749 60.6 %
Newlyn Reservoir - - -
Pincotts Reservoir 218 227 103.9 %
White Swan Reservoir 14,107 10,541 74.7 %
Wilsons Reservoir 1,010 881 87.3 %

All Ballarat System reservoirs are actively used for urban water supply, with additional water available from groundwater sources and the Goldfields Superpipe

*Lal Lal Reservoir is shared with other downstream users, including for environmental purposes

 

Maryborough System

Reservoir Total Capacity (ML) Current Volume (ML) Current Volume (% full)
Centenary Reservoir 180 133 73.9 %
Evansford Reservoir 1,346 1,378 102.4 %
Talbot Reservoir 846 684 80.9 %
Tullaroop Reservoir (CHW Share) - 1,360  -

All Maryborough System reservoirs are actively used for urban water supply, with additional water available from groundwater sources and water trade to Tullaroop Reservoir

 

Daylesford System

Reservoir Total Capacity (ML) Current Volume (ML) Current Volume (% full)
Bullarto Reservoir 219 221 100.8 %
Hepburn Reservoir 28 28 100.3 %
Wombat Reservoir 548 548 100.0 %

All Daylesford System reservoirs are actively used for urban water supply, with additional water available from groundwater sources

 

Other Reservoir Storages

System Reservoir Total Capacity (ML) Current Volume (ML) Current Volume (% full)
Amphitheatre Amphitheatre Reservoir(1) 70.4 69 98.6 %
Avoca Lead Dam (2)  59 41 34.5 %
Avoca Sugarloaf Reservoir(2) 304 172 56.4 %
Beaufort Musical Gully Reservoir (1) 253 207 81.8 %
Beaufort Troy's Reservoir (3) 68 8 11.8 %
Blackwood Blackwood Basins (1) 37.5 39 105.1 %
Dean Dean Reservoir (2) 104 115 110.7 %
Landsborough Landsborough Reservoir (2) 136 60 44.1 %
Lexton Lexton Reservoir (2) 120 122 101.4 %
Redbank Redbank Reservoir (2) 132 5 3.8 %

(1) Reservoir is actively used for urban water supply, supplemented with groundwater sources

(2) Reservoir is no longer used for urban water supply, supply is now sourced solely from groundwater

(3) Reservoir is no longer used for urban water supply, supply is now sourced from other reservoirs

 

Note: There are no reservoir storages in the Clunes, Forest Hill, Learmonth and Waubra water supply systems. These townships are sourced solely from groundwater.

 

For further details of CHW's water supply system systems, please refer to the latest Annual Water Outlook and Urban Water Strategy.