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Water Outlook for Melbourne

The Water Outlook for Melbourne provides the community with water supply and usage information. 

Each year we collaborate with other water retailers and Melbourne Water to produce the Water Outlook. This report is a summary of the state of Melbourne's water supply and demand for residential, business and non-revenue usage over the last decade.

Water Outlook for Melbourne 2016 (1.55MB)

The report outlines:

  • the total volume of water in the water storages
  • current water usage patterns for Melbourne
  • forecast climate conditions
  • programs and projects developed by Melbourne’s water corporations.

Water Restriction By-law

Under the Water Act each water utility is required to manage water restriction rules under a By-law. Our By-law incorporates four stages of water restrictions and specifies what can and cannot be done when each stage of restriction is in place. If a stage of restriction is in place, it supercedes Permanent Water Use Rules.

Water Restriction By-law (1.74 MB)

Drought Response Plan

The process for how water restriction decisions are made is contained in a document called the Drought Response Plan.  The Drought Response Plan ensures a timely and effective response to to water shortages with the aim of minimising social, economic and environmental impacts.

Drought Response Plan (462 KB)