Water restrictions still in place

By Shepparton News

While recent rainfall has been a welcome addition, Goulburn Valley Water is reminding Euroa and Violet Town residents that stage two water restrictions remain in place.

Rain during past weeks has created some inflows into reservoir catchments and storage levels are slowly improving, but still remain low.

The 300-megalitre Abbinga reservoir two is sitting at 56 per cent capacity, while Abbinga one remains empty while upgrade works are completed during winter to prepare for summer.

GV Water acting regional operations manager Ben Gazzola said residents’ efforts so far to save water had been much appreciated.

‘‘With the restrictions in place and the arrival of cooler weather, we’ve seen demand drop across the Euroa/Violet Town system from an average of 2.7 megalitres per day before restrictions were introduced, to about 1.2 megalitres per day in late May,’’ Mr Gazzola said.

‘‘We’re also looking at other ways we can source water from alternate supplies to ensure we can continue to supply water to residents and provide security for coming months as we prepare for spring and summer water demand.’’

Restrictions came into effect on April 11 after a warm and dry spring and summer, which saw no significant rainfall recorded.

Storage levels at Abbinga reservoirs, which supply water to Euroa and Violet Town, dropped to 15 per cent.

Under the stage two restrictions, lawn cannot be watered at anytime, gardens must only be watered as required and cars can only be washed using a pressure washer, handheld hose or bucket.

Based on predicted demand and future rainfall outlooks, storages will remain within the trigger points for water restrictions into the near future.

‘‘We’ll keep residents updated as the situation changes, and we urge people to continue to follow water restrictions and conserve water where possible,’’ Mr Gazzola said.