Valley to avoid water restrictions

Most Latrobe Valley residents won’t be impacted by water restrictions this summer, despite ongoing dry conditions, according to provider Gippsland Water.

Gippsland Water released its annual water outlook this week, which details the capacity of its water systems as summer starts.

Managing director Sarah Cumming said the majority of water supplied were “in good shape” after rainfall in August, September and November in the western and central part of the region.

“Our Moondarra Reservoir and allocation at Blue Rock Reservoir which service the Latrobe Valley are both 100 per cent full,” Ms Cumming said.

“To the west, our new interconnecting pipeline between Moe and Warragul will further support the Tarago system that serves Warragul and Drouin.

“However, after a dry start to the year, the east of our region continues to experience the lowest rainfall on record in some areas.”

Ms Cumming said despite the drought conditions the system that supplies Sale and

surrounds could handle demand this summer.

Briagolong, however, may be subject to water restrictions due to low water levels in the east.

“We will be talking to the Briagolong community about this real possibility to hear their thoughts on when and how they’d prefer to see water restrictions implemented,” Ms Cumming said.

“We are also investigating alternative water supplies for the town.”

Ms Cumming said despite a good outlook for most of the region customers should not be complacent when it comes to water use.