Small water increase

By Riverine Herald

NORTHERN Victoria Resource Manager Mark Bailey says there has been minor improvements in the volume of water available.

The Murray system has moved from 47 per cent of high-reliability water shares (HRWS) to 49 per cent HRWS.

The Goulburn system and the Loddon system has increased from 34 per cent HRWS to 37 per cent HRWS and the Campaspe system remains at 100 per cent HRWS.

Seasonal determinations in the Broken system and the Bullarook system remain at 0 per cent HRWS.

‘‘Streamflows into the major storages exceeded our forecasts due to rain in the last fortnight,’’ Dr Bailey said.

‘‘The catchments are responding to rain when it falls, but we need more rain to increase storage levels and generate larger seasonal determination improvements.’’

Dr Bailey said the climate outlook was dry.

‘‘The latest Bureau of Meteorology seasonal outlook indicates below-average rainfall across all of northern Victoria is more likely during the August to October period,’’ Dr Bailey said.