Water Storages

Daylesford's Wombat and Bullarto Reservoirs are currently spilling after recent rain.

The reservoirs don't always fill so early in the season and sometimes don't reach 100% 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 (shown in the video on the home page). 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 16 July 2019

Ballarat System

Reservoir Total Capacity (ML) Current Volume (ML) Current Volume (% full)
Beales Reservoir 415 177 42.5 %
Cosgrave Reservoir 680 680 100.0 %
Gong Gong Reservoir 1,902 1,655 87.0 %
Kirks Reservoir 400 301 75.2 %
Lal Lal Reservoir (CHW Share)* 35,670 28,237 79.2 %
Lal Lal Reservoir (Total)* 59,549 43,065 72.3%
Moorabool Reservoir 6,192 2,682 43.3 %
Newlyn Reservoir - - -
Pincotts Reservoir 218 134 61.3 %
White Swan Reservoir 14,107 8,310 58.9 %
Wilsons Reservoir 1,010 452 44.8 %

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 180 141 78.3 %
Evansford Reservoir 1,346 1,371 101.9 %
Talbot Reservoir 846 470 49.3 %
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 548 550 100.3 %

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 41 58.4 %
Avoca Lead Dam (2)  59 41 34.5 %
Avoca Sugarloaf Reservoir(2) 304 152 49.9 %
Beaufort Musical Gully Reservoir (1) 253 191 75.5 %
Beaufort Troy's Reservoir (3) 68 7 10.8 %
Blackwood Blackwood Basins (1) 37.5 39 103.1 %
Dean Dean Reservoir (2) 104 113 108.8 %
Landsborough Landsborough Reservoir (2) 136 56 41.2 %
Lexton Lexton Reservoir (2) 120 122 101.6 %
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.