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Water supply

Water supply

In dry conditions, it's important to know where your water is sourced, how much allocation is available and how much is in storage.

Our water systems

We supply treated water to 39 towns across the north-east region and source our water from multiple systems.

There are two types of systems:

  • Regulated: these systems feature structures such as dams or weirs to store water and provide a controlled river flow which reduces the need for water restrictions to be implemented.
  • Unregulated: these systems do not have dams or weirs of sufficient size to control river flows which means that there is not always enough water available to meet customer demand. In this instance, we may ask customers to reduce water usage through water restrictions.

Understanding water security for your town

Our region is served by a diverse range of urban water supplies, all with their individual resiliences to drought. Please find more detailed information about your town below. This information is updated regularly.

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Wodonga, Baranduda, Barnawartha, Bonegilla, Chiltern, Ebden, Kiewa, Springhurst, Tangambalanga
Murray River system
  • Wodonga's source water is extracted from Wodonga Creek and is then supplied by pipeline to Baranduda, Barnawartha, Bonegilla, Chiltern, Ebden, Kiewa, Springhurst, and Tangambalanga.
  • The Murray River system is supplied by the major storages of Hume and Dartmouth.
  • The combined volume of these two storages when full is 6,861 gigalitres.
  • The storages are fed by the Murray and Mitta Mitta rivers.
  • Customers on the Murray system use 8 gigalitres in a normal year.
  • The biggest users on the system are irrigation and environmental water.
Murray River system
  • The amount of water available to our customers is determined by an annual allocation by the Northern Victoria Resource manager.
  • The level of Lake Hume is often incorrectly interpreted as a measure of water availability. The annual allocation is determined by the amount of water stored in Lake Hume and Dartmouth, as well as the river flow into the storages.
  • The annual allocation on the Murray is currently 38%.
  • Based on forecast conditions, we are currently not forecasting restrictions.
Benalla
Benalla system
  • Benalla's water security is determined by the volume stored in the  Loombah and McCall Say reservoirs
  • The reservoirs are fed from Ryans and Whiskey creeks.
  • The town typically uses 1,400 megalitres of water in a year.
Benalla system
  • Loombah and McCall Say reservoirs have a combined capacity of 1,747 megalitres.
  • Based on forecast conditions, we are currently not forecasting restrictions.
Beechworth
Beechworth system
  • Beechworth's water security is determined by the volume stored in Lake Kerferd, which was constructed during the Gold Rush era.
  • Lake Kerferd is fed by the unregulated Nine Mile and Frenchmans creeks.
  • The town typically uses 490 megalitres of water in a year.
Beechworth system
  • Lake Kerferd has a capacity of 810 megalitres.
  • Based on forecast conditions, we are currently not forecasting restrictions.
Bellbridge, Tallangatta
Murray River system
  • Bellbridge and Tallangatta's source water is extracted from Lake Hume.
  • The Murray River system is supplied by the major storages of Hume and Dartmouth.The combined volume of these two storages when full is 6,861 gigalitres.
  • The storages are fed by the Murray and Mitta Mitta rivers.
  • Customers on the Murray system use 8 gigalitres in a normal year.
  • The biggest users on the system are irrigation and environmental water.
Murray River system
  • The amount of water available to our customers is determined by an annual allocation by the Northern Victoria Resource manager.
  • The level of Lake Hume is often incorrectly interpreted as a measure of water availability. The annual allocation is determined by the amount of water stored in Lake Hume and Dartmouth, as well as the river flow into the storages.
  • The annual allocation on the Murray is currently 38%.
  • Based on forecast conditions, we are currently not forecasting restrictions.
  • Bright, Porepunkah, Wandiligong
    Bright system
    • Bright, Porepunkah and Wandiligong's water security is determined by the flows in the Ovens River and the off-river storage in Freeburgh.
    • The communities use 590 megalitres of water each year on average.
    Bright system
    • The Bright off-river storage has a capacity of 536 megalitres.
    • Based on forecast conditions, we are currently not forecasting restrictions.
    Corryong, Cudgewa
    Corryong system
    • Corryong and Cudgewa's water security is determined by the flow volumes in Nariel Creek which can limit water extractions to the off-river storage (Hamilton Hill reservoir) during the warmer months.
    • Customers use 230 megalitres of water in a typical year.
    Corryong system
    • Hamilton Hill reservoir has a capacity of 90 megalitres.
    • Based on forecast conditions, we are currently not forecasting restrictions.
    Dartmouth, Eskdale
    Murray River system
    • Dartmouth and Eskdale's source water is extracted from Mitta Mitta River.
    • The Murray River system is supplied by the major storages of Hume and Dartmouth.The combined volume of these two storages when full is 6,861 gigalitres.
    • The storages are fed by the Murray and Mitta Mitta rivers.
    • Customers on the Murray system use 8 gigalitres in a normal year.
    • The biggest users on the system are irrigation and environmental water.
    Murray River system
  • The amount of water available to our customers is determined by an annual allocation by the Northern Victoria Resource manager.
  • The level of Lake Hume is often incorrectly interpreted as a measure of water availability. The annual allocation is determined by the amount of water stored in Lake Hume and Dartmouth, as well as the river flow into the storages.
  • The annual allocation on the Murray is currently 38%.
  • Based on forecast conditions, we are currently not forecasting restrictions.
  • Harrietville
    Harrietville system
    • Harrietville's water security is determined by the flow volumes in the unregulated Ovens River.
    • The town uses an average of 50 megalitres every year.
    Harrietville system
    • Flow volumes in the Ovens River at Harrietville are below average for this time of year.
    • Based on forecast conditions, we are currently not forecasting restrictions.
    Mt Beauty, Tawonga, Tawonga South
    Mt Beauty system
    • A high level of water security is afforded by water releases for hydro-electricity generation upstream of Mt Beauty.
    • On average, customers in Mt Beauty, Tawonga and Tawonga South use 370 megalitres of water in a year.
    Mt Beauty system
    • Flow volumes in the Kiewa River at Mt Beauty are trending around average for this time of year.
    • Based on forecast conditions, we are currently not forecasting restrictions.
    Myrtleford
    Myrtleford system
    • Myrtleford's water security is determined by flow conditions in the unregulated Buffalo Creek which can limit water extraction to the off-river storage during the warmer months.
    • The average annual water use for customers is 560 megalitres.
    Myrtleford system
    • Nil Gully Reservoir has a capacity of 400 megalitres.
    • Based on forecast conditions, we are currently not forecasting restrictions.
    Oxley, Moyhu, Whitfield
    King River sytem
    • Oxley, Moyhu and Whitfield's water security is determined by the volume stored in Lake William Hovell which provides releases to the King River.
    • The storage can be drawn down quickly to meet downstream irrigation and environmental demands during the warmer months.
    • On average customers use 130 megalitres of water in a year.
    King River system
    • Lake William Hovel has a capacity of 13,690 megalitres.
    • Based on forecast conditions, we are currently not forecasting restrictions.
    Wahgunyah, Rutherglen
    Murray River system
    • Wahgunyah and Rutherglen's source water is extracted from the Murray River at Wahgunyah.
    • The Murray River system is supplied by the major storages of Hume and Dartmouth.The combined volume of these two storages when full is 6,861 gigalitres.
    • The storages are fed by the Murray and Mitta Mitta rivers.
    • Customers on the Murray system use 8 gigalitres in a normal year.
    • The biggest users on the system are irrigation and environmental water.
    Murray River system
  • The amount of water available to our customers is determined by an annual allocation by the Northern Victoria Resource manager.
  • The level of Lake Hume is often incorrectly interpreted as a measure of water availability. The annual allocation is determined by the amount of water stored in Lake Hume and Dartmouth, as well as the river flow into the storages.
  • The annual allocation on the Murray is currently 38%.
  • Based on forecast conditions, we are currently not forecasting restrictions.
  • Walwa
    Walwa system
    • A high level of water security is afforded by water releases for hydro-electricity generation upstream of Walwa.
    • The average annual water use for Walwa customers is 15 megalitres.
    Walwa system
    • Flow volumes in the Murray River at Walwa are trending below average for this time of year.
    • Based on forecast conditions, we are currently not forecasting restrictions.
    Wangaratta, Glenrowan
    Wangaratta system
    • Wangaratta and Glenrowan's water security is determined by the volume stored in lakes Buffalo and William Hovell which provide releases to the Ovens and King rivers respectively.
    • These storages can be drawn down quickly to meet downstream irrigation and environmental demand during the warmer months.
    • Groundwater is also available as a contingency supply.
    • The average annual demand for Wangaratta and Glenrowan customers is 3,200 megalitres.
    Wangaratta system
    • Lakes Buffalo and William Hovel have a combined capacity of 37,000 megalitres.
    • Based on forecast conditions, we are currently not forecasting restrictions.
    Yackandandah
    Yackandandah system
    • Yackandandah's water security is determined by flow conditions in the unregulated Nine Mile Creek which can limit water extractions to the off-river storages during the warmer months.
    • In an average year customers in Yackandandah use 110 megalitres of water.
    Yackandandah system
    • Walker’s Saddle and Evanswood reservoirs have a combined capacity of 24 megalitres.
    • Based on forecast conditions, we are currently not forecasting restrictions.
    Yarrawonga, Bundalong, Devenish, St James, Tungamah, Goorambat – extraction from Lake Mulwala
    Murray River system
    • Yarrawonga, Bundalong, Devenish, St James, Tungamah and Goorambat's source water is extracted from Lake Mulwala.
    • The Murray River system is supplied by the major storages of Hume and Dartmouth.The combined volume of these two storages when full is 6,861 gigalitres.
    • The storages are fed by the Murray and Mitta Mitta rivers.
    • Customers on the Murray system use 8 gigalitres in a normal year.
    • The biggest users on the system are irrigation and environmental water.
    Murray River system
  • The amount of water available to our customers is determined by an annual allocation by the Northern Victoria Resource manager.
  • The level of Lake Hume is often incorrectly interpreted as a measure of water availability. The annual allocation is determined by the amount of water stored in Lake Hume and Dartmouth, as well as the river flow into the storages.
  • The annual allocation on the Murray is currently 38%.
  • Based on forecast conditions, we are currently not forecasting restrictions.
  • Water storages

    For the latest storage information for large reservoirs including Hume, Dartmouth, Yarrawonga Weir, Lake Buffalo, Lake William Hovell visit Goulburn Murray Water's website.

    The table below indicates current levels of water storages managed by North East Water and is updated weekly.

    Town Storage Capacity (ML) Current
    volume (ML)
    Percent full Change Same time
    last year
    Beechworth Lake Kerferd 810 810 100% 100%
    Benalla McCall Say Reservoir 1,136 1136 100% 100%
    Loombah Reservoir 611 611 100% 100%
    Bright Bright Off-river Storage 536 514 96% 88%
    Corryong Hamilton Hill Off-river Storage 90 88 96% 96%
    Myrtleford Nil Gully Off-river Storage 400 369 92% 95%