Wettest winter in 15 years soaks central Victoria

The latest winter season for central Victoria has been the wettest since 1996.

Rainfall, in particular inflows, in the Coliban Water catchment area for the last three months pushed storages at Upper Coliban, Lauriston and Malmsbury Reservoir to above full capacity.

“A total of 272 millimetres of rain fell over Malmsbury this winter, which is 30 millimetres higher than the long-term average and 48 millimetres higher than the 10 year average," said Coliban Water raw water supply manager Steve Healy.

"Lake Eppalock received 177 millimetres of rain for the same period.

“Winter inflows were significantly greater than the 10 year average of 10,703 megalitres, with storages receiving a total of 31,060 megalitres.  Long-term average inflows for the same period are 28,153 megalitres."

Coliban's catchment storages supply Bendigo, Heathcote, Castlemaine and Kyneton areas plus rural customers in the region.

With winter and spring typically the seasons catchments receive good inflows, Mr Healy said less than average rainfall forecast for the central Victorian region during spring wouldn't affect storages.

"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,” he said.

"Our storages are in a strong position."

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