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Southern Rural Water has welcomed the recent rainfall which has flowed through the catchments into local reservoirs in the state’s south west, following two years of below average rainfall and diminishing storage levels.

This boost to the storages has enabled SRW to open the seasonal allocation at 70% of high reliability water shares, up from 45% at the end of the last season, providing a much needed boost to Werribee and Bacchus Marsh farmers.  Combined with the water carried over from the previous season, this should prepare irrigators for the year ahead.

Southern Rural Water’s Manager Water Supply West, Ed Smith, said “The river catchments are wet which means that we should continue to get inflows into the reservoirs for the rest of winter and well into spring, despite the rainfall forecast of dryer than average outlook over coming months.” 

Pykes Creek Reservoir is now at 94% full while Melton Reservoir has risen to 58%.

To get the latest updates on water storage levels in SRW reservoirs, visit our website

For more information, please contact Southern Rural Water on 1300 139 510.