The Goulburn and Loddon systems in northern Victoria are at the highest they have been since water entitlements were unbundled in 2007 with high-reliability water shares (HRWS) sitting at 100% for both systems. The Goulburn system’s low-reliability water shares (LRWS) are at 77%. In the Murray system both HRWS and LRWS are at 100%. Seasonal determinations in the Broken, Campaspe and Bullarook systems all remain at the maximum availability of 100% HRWS and 100% LRWS.
According to northern Victoria resource manager Dr Mark Bailey improved seasonal determinations came from continued high flows into Murray and Goulburn storages during the second half of October and early November. Throughout October and November there has been controlled releases from Lake Hume and Lake Eildon, signalling the availability of more resources for distribution. Record inflows occurred during October at several northern Victorian storages, including Lake Eildon, Lake Eppalock and Cairn Curran Reservoir.