Around 500 ML of inflow was recorded during April; the first inflows observed to reservoirs for six months.
In response to well below average inflow to reservoirs during the 2019-20 season, bulk entitlement holders have collectively agreed that resource improvements during May and June be held over to help secure system operating water and support allocations in the 2020-21 season. As a result, no increase in allocation has occurred this month.
Wimmera-Mallee Pipeline Product remains at 52% allocation this month, and Glenelg Compensation Flow remains at 1% allocation. No allocation has been possible to Recreation entitlement, Wetland entitlement or Commonwealth environmental entitlement this season.
A May update on Water Delivered is also now available.
Members of the public are advised to avoid direct contact with water in Lake Lonsdale after monitoring detected levels of blue green algae above levels considered safe for recreational use.
The Storage Manager has released the fourth quarterly operating plan supplement for April to June 2020. This supplement accompanies the Annual Operating Plan and looks specifically at reservoir system operation over the upcoming 3-month period. The Annual Operating Plan and all operating plan supplements are available here.
No measurable inflows were recorded to reservoirs during March, and observed evaporation losses from reservoirs equalled the Storage Manager’s projections. As a result, no increase to allocations has been possible with the April 2020 water resource assessment. Wimmera-Mallee Pipeline Product allocation remains at 42%, and Glenelg River Compensation Flow remains at 1% allocation. No allocation has yet been possible to Recreation entitlement, Wetland entitlement or Commonwealth environmental entitlement.
An April update on reservoir operations is also now available.