Candowie Reservoir overflows

Following a drier than average summer, Westernport Water has welcomed recent rainfall which has boosted the local water storage to 100%.

Candowie Reservoir, Westernport Water’s sole raw water storage, began spilling on Monday 20 August 2019, following two weeks of consistent rainfall.

The local catchment is now very wet and that means future rainfall events should continue to provide runoff and inflow via Tennent Creek well into spring.

Interestingly, the reservoir water level has increased by 2,815 million litres or 63% in just 12 weeks, demonstrating a strong and responsive system.

Quotes attributed to Westernport Water Managing Director Peter Quigley

“Candowie Reservoir’s storage dipped to as low as 36.9% in May this year, but has recovered very quickly thanks to the recent rain.”

“This is the fourth time since the capacity of Candowie Reservoir was doubled in 2013 that we have reached full supply.”

“Although we are in a healthy storage position for this time of year, we must continue to remain vigilant and plan to adapt to climate change impacts which will continue to challenge what has been fairly predictable and consistent rainfall in our region. This is changing and as a community, we need to ensure we use our precious water resources carefully’. 

For further information on historical water levels, please take a look at Westernport Water’s website




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