THE upgrade to the Candowie Reservoir in 2013 has proved to be a masterstroke by Westernport Water.
The catchment’s full supply level was upgraded from 2263ML to 4463ML – essentially doubling its size and allowing Westernport Water to capture more water.
If the reservoir was not upgraded, the current storage level would be 24 per cent of 2263ML, which is approximately three months of water remaining.
By way of comparison, the storage level was 22 per cent in January 2007.
By increasing the size of the reservoir, the storage level is now at 57 per cent of 4463ML, which is approximately 16 months of water remaining.
Managing director of Westernport Water, Peter Quigley, said the decision to invest significant capital in the Candowie Reservoir is now paying off.
“Whilst we’re in a good position now, we need to maintain as much storage in the Candowie as we can, as we know the next year or two is going to be a dry period,” he said.
“The outlook is dry, so please be diligent in your use and save water. Act now to make sure we’re in as good a position next summer as we can be.
“We’ve only got to look to our neighbours at South Gippsland Water, where some communities are having the driest conditions on record. It highlights that this is a Gippsland issue.
“Having the foresight to upgrade Candowie Reservoir means our customers are currently not on any staged restrictions, which would have been the case if the upgrade didn’t occur.
“However, Westernport Water acknowledges the efforts of the community in supporting sustainable water practices and reminds customers that permanent water saving rules remain in place across our region.
“We are closely monitoring storage levels and don’t anticipate any restrictions this summer.”
Candowie expansion a timely investment