Increased releases from Lake Eppalock to meet Murray system demand

Monday 5 February, 2018

Releases from Lake Eppalock will increase this week to assist with delivery requirements in the Murray system.

About 25 gigalitres (GL) will be released from Lake Eppalock during February and March. Lake Eppalock is currently at 79 per cent capacity and holding around 240 GL. 

Goulburn-Murray Water (GMW) General Manager Customer Operations Scott Barber said the increased releases will be delivered as inter-valley transfers which are a result of water trading activity.

“The reservoir is in a good position at 79 per cent capacity and is being called on to deliver allocation which customers have chosen to trade downstream,” he said.

“The increased flows are being delivered in consultation with the North Central Catchment Management Authority (NCCMA) to ensure they will provide an environmental benefit downstream of the reservoir. In particular these flows aim to attract native fish upstream into the Campaspe system from the Murray River.

“Depending on flows into the lake in the coming months, we forecast Lake Eppalock’s level will be about 66 per cent by the end of March. This is a reasonable level at this time of year after summer, leading into traditional wet season, for our customers,” Mr Barber said.

Recreational users of Lake Eppalock and nearby river users may notice the rivers will appear higher than usual as the releases take place.

Daily online updates about releases from water storages are available at the Managing Water Storages page

The forecast releases may change at any time due to rainfall and downstream flow requirements.

Customers participating in the water trading market can monitor trade availability on the Water Register website.

There is currently a blue-green algae warning for Lake Eppalock, with details online at the blue-green algae page.  GMW will conduct regular monitoring of the Campaspe River downstream of the lake and advise if there are any changes in water quality.

If you have any queries about the river operations please contact GMW on 1800 013 357.