GOULBURN-MURRAY Water has entered the New Year on a high note, with water storages averaging a healthy 80 percent and Victoria’s highest capacity dam – Dartmouth – just under 90 percent full.
GMW Managing Director, Pat Lennon said, “These figures bode very well for water security over summer and, indeed, throughout 2018.
“You only have to go back a short time when GMW and its customers would start off the calendar year with some trepidation on how water availability would hold up during the warmer months, when demand typically reaches its peak.
“For example in 2015, our storages were less than half full at 47 percent which placed added pressure on our operating region, which covers about a third of Victoria and manages 70 percent of its stored water,” Mr Lennon said.
“Of course we’re mindful that the most recent ‘top up’ of our storages came at a cost for many, with record rainfall in the opening days of December causing damage across the Goulburn-Murray Irrigation District and in the north-east.
“However, the water harvesting we were able to take advantage of on behalf of our customers during this period was the true silver lining from these storm clouds.”
Mr Lennon said the future challenges of water availability, climate change and the unknowns of an increasingly global market for many customers, make partnering with the communities of northern Victoria and actively contributing to regional development more important than ever.
“For more than a year we’ve worked with our customers, stakeholders and communities on our Strategic Plan, which provides clarity on how GMW not only remains sustainable over the next 5, 10 and 25 years, but more than meets the expectations of all.”