RAIN BOOSTS STORAGES AND CAUSES ISSUES IN ECHUCA

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Last weekend’s heavy rain has helped keep Coliban Water’s catchment storages near Kyneton in a strong position heading into summer but caused a few issues in our Echuca network.

Manager Regional Liveability Steve Healy said Lauriston, Malmsbury and Upper Coliban reservoirs were 95 per cent full with a combined volume of 65,721 megalitres at the end of spring.

Our spring rainfall was below average but good winter rainfall and the recent heavy rain at the start of summer has helped keep our storages in a strong position,” said Mr Healy.

“This spring we recorded 136 millimetres of rain at our Malmsbury Reservoir, compared to our long-term spring average of 193 millimetres and 340 millimetres for the same period last year.

“Since Friday we had 41 millimetres of rain, which is 33 per cent of our total average summer rainfall and resulted in more than 450 megalitres of inflows,” Mr Healy said.

Rain measured at the catchment storages wasn’t as much as forecast but other parts of the Coliban Water region experienced higher rainfall.

“Echuca had 123 millimetres in 24 hours - the most rain the town has had in a one-day period in 159 years.

“This caused a few issues when stormwater entered our sewer network. Our Customer Support Team received 19 calls from customers in Echuca and two from Cohuna.

“Our preparation for the heavy rain event started last week. An Incident Team was established and we carried out a number of proactive measures at our networks, plants and storages to minimise the potential impact.

“We installed the flood gates at our Rochester Water Treatment Plant as a precautionary measure. The 1.85 meter flood wall was constructed in 2013 after the plant was flooded in January 2011.

“Most of the towns in our region escaped the heavy rainfall. It is impossible to predict where the rain will hit but we take every precaution we can when planning for a heavy rain event.

“Our customers can also prepare for heavy rain events and we have information on our website on what to do if water or sewer services are impacted during heavy rain events,” said Mr Healy.

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