By Nadia Surace
Lake Eildon is at its highest level in 15 years and is expected to be full by the end of the year.
Now at 90.1 per cent capacity, the water storage with seven times the volume of Sydney Harbour is at the same level it was in September 1996.
The time that it was last at the same level in July was in 1993.
“This is significant because we are expecting more rain over the typically wetter months ahead: August and September,” says Goulburn Murray Water Acting Manager Regulated Systems, Andrew Shields.
“We are now carrying out planned spills to slow the storage’s rate of fill in preparation for any further rainfall.
“A large rain event could increase the level as much as four per cent in one day.”
The news comes less than four years after the water storage fell to 5 per cent capacity.
“The fact that it has reached this level is fantastic because it sets us up with plenty of water for at least three or four years,” Mr Shields said.