Coliban Water is reminding residents to use water wisely this summer by following permanent water-saving rules.

Coliban Water executive general manager Steve Healy said despite a dry spring, Coliban Water’s catchment storages near Kyneton were in a good position for summer.

“Our catchment storages peaked at 96 per cent in October and are currently at 88 per cent with a combined volume of 61,171 megalitres. We were at 81 per cent at this time last year,” he said.

“We recorded 122 millimetres of rain at our Malmsbury Reservoir this spring, which is around 40 per cent less than our long term average.

“Our inflow for spring was 6541 megalitres, which is around 75 per cent less than our long term average but 20 per cent more than we received for the same period last year.

“Although our catchment inflows are low, we have been managing our water resources for dry conditions.”

Coliban Water has nine water supply systems across north-central Victoria, all reliant on rainfall during winter and spring.

All towns in the Coliban Water region, including Kyneton, Malmsbury and Tylden, are on permanent water-saving rules. “The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting below average rainfall and warmer than
average days over the coming months, but we are well prepared to meet our urban and rural
customers’ needs,” Mr Healy said.

“Permanent water-saving rules are five key water saving rules to ensure we use water efficiently and avoid wastage to conserve it for the future.

“The rules are easy to follow. The main ones are to use a leak-free hose fitted with a trigger nozzle and only use watering systems between 6pm and 10am on any day.

“We know the importance of preparing for dry conditions as we face the challenges of climate adaption, rainfall variability and growth in population and demand.”