BENDIGO’S water storages have benefitted from what authorities believe was one of the wettest winters in 15 years.
Coliban Water said inflows and rainfalls have pointed to a strong winter.
Coliban Raw Water Supply manager Steve Healy said over winter, inflows significantly higher than the 10 year average were received at the storages located near Kyneton.
“With the catchment area still wet from previous rain events, it resulted in our wettest winter since 1996,” he said.“A total of 272 millimetres of rain fell over Malmsbury this winter, which is 30mm higher than the long-term average and 48mm higher than the 10-year average.
“Lake Eppalock received 177mm of rain for the same period.”
Mr Healy said inflows were also impressive.
“Winter inflows were significantly greater than the 10-year average of 10,703 megalitres, with storages receiving a total of 31,060 megalitres,” he said.
“Long-term average inflows for the same period are 28,153 megalitres.
“Our catchment storages finished the season just above full capacity – 69,700 megalitres.
“Our share of Lake Eppalock was full at 55,867 megalitres and no water has been required to be pumped through the Goldfields Superpipe during winter.”
Coliban catchment storages, Upper Coliban, Lauriston and Malmsbury Reservoirs, currently supply Bendigo, Heathcote, Castlemaine and Kyneton areas and rural customers in this region.
Spring looks to be drier for the region, with Bureau of Meteorology forecasting a greater than 60 per cent chance of less than average rainfall across Central Victoria.
“Our storages are in a strong position,” Mr Healy said.“Historically winter and spring are the seasons where we typically receive good inflows.”