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04 December 2020

Coliban Water is reminding customers to keep using water wisely, following a wet spring, in the same way they would in dry times.

Executive General Manager, Climate & Population Adaptation, Steve Healy said the three Coliban River catchment storages are in a strong position going into the peak summer demand.

“It’s just as important for us to continue to use water efficiently when our storages are full. We manage our storages for dry times and we all have a part to play to secure supplies for future generations,” said Mr Healy. 

“We are working to maintain green and liveable communities, guided by our Strategy 2030, as we face the challenges of climate change, rainfall variability and population growth.

“The current La Niña weather event has resulted good rainfall this spring. We had 196 millimetres of rain at Malmsbury Reservoir, which was just above the long-term average. Our storages are at 95 per cent with a combined volume of 66,173 megalitres” said Mr Healy. 

Coliban Water has nine separate water supply systems across the region, each with different supply sources and levels of water security which are all reliant on rainfall over winter and spring.

“Our Annual Water Outlook, published this week, looks at water resource availability across all our systems for 2021.

“We are also in the process of reviewing our Urban Water Strategy, our 50-year plan to secure water resources, which we review every five years.

“Community and stakeholder engagement is an important part of the review, ensuring we represent community values and involve our customers in water planning and investment decisions.

“Our current allocations from supply systems managed by Grampians Wimmera Mallee Water and Goulburn-Murray Water have increased from last year and we are well prepared to meet our urban and rural customers’ needs for this summer.

“All towns in our region are on Permanent Water Saving Rules and our rural customers have access to 100 per cent of their licence volume for this season.

“Permanent Water Saving Rules are five key water saving rules to ensure we use water efficiently. 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,” said Mr Healy.

For further information see our Water security and How to save water pages on

Last updated on 04 Dec 2020
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