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Melton Reservoir


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History

The reservoir was initially constructed between 1913 and 1916 to store 21,000 megalitres (ML) of water for irrigation at Werribee. The embankment was raised in 1937 and vertical lift spillway gates were installed. This increased the capacity to 23,500 ML. Since then siltation has reduced its total volume back to 14,340 ML.

Major upgrade works were undertaken from 1988 to 1994 to allow the dam to pass the Probable Maximum Flood (PMF). The primary spillway was remodelled with the removal of the flood gates, construction of a fixed crest, and the spillway chute deepened. As this spillway could only pass about 20% of the PMF, a secondary spillway was required. As a result the main embankment had its crest capped in concrete and concrete steps were provided on the downstream face to enable it to act as a secondary spillway.


Purpose

The reservoir was initially constructed between 1913 and 1916 to store 21,000 megalitres (ML) of water for irrigation at Werribee. The embankment was raised in 1937 and vertical lift spillway gates were installed. This increased the capacity to 23,500 ML. Since then siltation has reduced its total volume back to 14,340 ML.

Major upgrade works were undertaken from 1988 to 1994 to allow the dam to pass the Probable Maximum Flood (PMF). The primary spillway was remodelled with the removal of the flood gates, construction of a fixed crest, and the spillway chute deepened. As this spillway could only pass about 20% of the PMF, a secondary spillway was required. As a result the main embankment had its crest capped in concrete and concrete steps were provided on the downstream face to enable it to act as a secondary spillway.


Statistics
RESERVOIR
Capacity 14,364 ML
Dead storage 141 ML
Surface area 230 ha
Full supply level 82.56 m AHD
Catchment area 1,114 km2
EMBANKMENT
Maximum height 35.4 m
Length 181 m
PRIMARY SPILLWAY
Crest length 130 m
Discharge capacity* 147,000 ML per day
SECONDARY SPILLWAY
Crest length 181 m
Discharge capacity * 60,000 ML per day

* Melton Dam was upgraded to withstand overtopping in 1994. The secondary spillway is the dam embankment itself.


Location


Melton Reservoir (also known as Exford Weir) is located on the Werribee River approximately 6kms south of Melton – VicRoads Reference Map 97 G4.

Please check the water levels before planning a day out at the lake!


Melton Reservoir boating brochure

Recreational facilities

There is no entry fee into Melton Reservoir. Picnic areas cannot be reserved.

All of our recreational facilities including Melton Reservoir have a carry-in carry-out policy, meaning any litter you bring with you must be taken home with you.

Certain activities are prohibited at our reservoirs and recreational areas to protect water quality and the environment. These include stalls and markets, horse riding, abseiling, shooting, archery, paraflying, construction of jetties / pontoons and aircraft landing on the water without written permission.

All native animals and plants are protected by law.

Visitor conduct

For the safety and comfort of all visitors, please:

  1. consider your fellow guests and keep noise to a minimum
  2. obey all signs and notices
  3. comply with directions of SRW officers and security personal
  4. keep picnic areas and BBQ’s clean
  5. keep within the speed limits
  6. use toilet facilities provided.

More information
For more information, contact us on 1300 139 510 or visit www.srw.com.au

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Melton Reservoir visitors guide

Southern Rural Water (SRW) needs to manage our dams and catchments carefully to maintain a high quality supply of water. We encourage all visitors to work with us to minimise any impact to Melton Reservoir and its surrounds, and to ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable time here.

In the park and picnic areas:

Do:
use the park and picnic areas only between 8.30 am to 4.30 pm
consider others and keep noise to a minimum
keep the picnic areas and BBQs clean
take your rubbish home
use the toilet facilities provided
keep within the speed limits
obey all signs and notices
keep dogs on leads
protect all native animals and plants
comply with the directions of SRW officers & security personnel

Don’t:
use the park or picnic areas outside of opening hours
drive or ride motorbikes around the reservoir or in fenced areas
enter prohibited areas
vandalise the facilities
ride or walk horses anywhere on site
camp overnight on site
undertake any dangerous activities including abseiling, paraflying, shooting and archery.

On the water:

Do:
supervise your children at all times
have current membership with the Melbourne Run about and Speedboat Club (MRSBC)
have a Victorian boat operating licence, when operating vessels
comply with the Victorian Marine Safety legislation and SRW by-laws (the rules on this flyer)
ensure all passengers are wearing flotation devices
use the boat ramp provided by the MRSBC, you must be a member to use this facility
adhere to all speed and safety restrictions
move in an anticlockwise direction, when operating a boat or jet ski

Don’t:
enter the water from the shoreline or through fenced areas
drive jetskis or boats into restricted areas where you may harm other people or the environment.
construct any works near or on the water including ramps and pontoons
conduct any dangerous activities include shooting, arasailing or jumping off assets or home-made platforms land any aircraft on the water without written permission from SRW.
engage in duck shooting
leave any litter on the waterway or dispose of any chemicals into the water

Fires prohibited

As part of its commitment to adopting the best environmental practices, SRW prohibits fires at all of its recreational areas AT ALL TIMES.

More information
For more information contact us on 1300 139 510 or visit www.srw.com.au

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Bulk Entitlements

A Bulk Entitlement Order is a set of operating rules for a reservoir.

At Southern Rural Water (SRW) we deal with the following Bulk Entitlement Orders:

• Latrobe
• Maribyrnong
• Yallourn Energy
• Werribee
• Thomson/Macalister

Because more than one organisation or group can have shares (or entitlement) in the water being held in a reservoir, each shareholder must follow rules about:

• the volumes that can be taken from the reservoir, system or waterway
• costs of managing the system, and how they are shared

At a number of reservoirs, SRW acts as the storage manager on behalf of all shareholders.
As a storage manager, we: 

allocate water (both increases and decreases) according to the inflow and capacity shares held by shareholders
ensure that we meet the rules for passing flows downstream for environmental purposes
• release water to meet a shareholder’s request

Passing flows are a vital part of our Bulk Entitlement Orders and are met before allocation requests are supplied.

Environmental Entitlements

Environmental Entitlement Orders spell out a whole pattern of environmental flows that are required downstream of a reservoir – from how long they last, to how frequently they flow and how large they are.

Environmental flows are designed to mimic the natural conditions of rivers. It is not just about the amount of water but also the timing and quality. In each order, environmental flow requirements are low during the summer and autumn, and are much higher during winter and spring.

Environmental flows are vital to supporting the river’s ecological processes. High flows provide triggers for fish breeding and supply water for fish passage, so that they are able to move up and down rivers to appropriate habitat. They also keep estuaries open and provide recreational opportunities. Low flows in summer maintain fish refuges and connect habitats. Spring floods regenerate wetlands and floodplains and replenish the river channel.

Monitoring

To make sure that we comply with the rules about passing environmental flows, we:

• perform random checks at points along rivers, to ensure that customers are taking only the amount of waterthey have ordered
• maintain a number of gauging stations with alarms that alert us of unusual changes in water levels.

More information
For more information contact us on 1300 139 510 or visit www.srw.com.au.

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SRW's role during floods at Rosslynne Reservoir

Rosslynne Reservoir is not designed to manage floods
Southern Rural Water helps to provide river flow information during floods
Please keep clear of dams and spillways during floods

Rosslynne Reservoir capacity is 25,400 megalitres (ML) and is managed by Southern Rural Water.

This reservoir was not designed to manage floods. It simply stores water for various uses including water supplies for the townships of Sunbury and Gisborne and irrigation water for river diverters along the Maribyrnong River.

Operating Rosslynne Reservoir during floods

Rosslynne Reservoir has a fixed crest spillway, so that once it is full any excess water coming into the reservoir will flow over the spillway into Jackson Creek. Therefore Southern Rural Water does not have the ability to deliberately surcharge (over fill) the reservoir.

This reservoir also does not have the ability to pre-release enough water to have any effect on a possible flood, but it can help reduce flood peaks by temporarily storing water if room is available, however, once the lake is full, it has little impact on flows.

When we know high rainfall is possible, our staff work closely with other agencies such as the SES, local councils and the Bureau of Meteorology to provide information on the flows passing through our structures to assist them in their operations.

Southern Rural Water provides daily updates on its website (www.srw.com.au) about the water levels in local storages and also has a web page which has links to Bureau rainfall forecasts, flood warnings, river levels and emergency assistance provided by the SES.

We strongly recommend that if you are in a flood prone area that you and your family familiarise yourself with the SES’s "Flood Safe information brochure" and take all necessary precautions.

More information
Contact us on 1300 139 510 for more information or to make an appointment to chat to one of our assessment staff.

More information can also be found at www.srw.com.au

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