At the time of writing (November 2016) Melbourne water levels were 72.4% full. This level is not far off the levels of 2012, 2013 and 2014 which were around the 80% level. We have had a good rain year in 2016 because it got down to 58.8% in June.
On December 1st 2012 the Victorian Government replaced water restrictions with permanent water use rules. Hopefully most people are still maintaining many of the water conservation methods they adopted during the long drought.
Even though the restrictions have been lifted we must continue to treat water as a scarce resource and do everything we can do to use it wisely not only to ensure we all have enought water but also to help reduce our escallation water bill.
The following link will take you to the Melbourne Water website which has the most information you can possibly find about our water levels and their history.
The graph left showing Melbourne changing water levels was arguably one of the most recognisable graph in Melbourne during the drought.
The graph aboveshowing Melbourne changing water levels was arguably one of the most recognisable graph in Melbourne during the drought years.
MELBOURNE'S PERMENANT WATER USE RULES
Below is a direct extract from the Melbourne Water website as at December 12, 2012.
They are still the same today.
From 1 December 2012, Stage 1 water restrictions were lifted and permanent water use rules were put in place.
Here's a summary of what that means for households.
WHAT PERMANENT WATER USE RULES MEAN
Residential and commercial gardens and lawns
Gardens and lawns can be watered at any time, on any day using a hand held hose fitted with a trigger nozzle.
Watering systems (manual, automatic, spray or dripper) can be used to water gardens and lawns from 6pm to 10am, on any day
Cars may be washed at home with the following methods at any time, on any day:
- High pressure cleaning unit
- Hand held hose fitted with a trigger-nozzle
- Watering can