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Water outlook good for summer

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Water outlook good for summer

Above average rainfall has put local water supplies in a strong position for summer.

Gippsland Water managing director Sarah Cumming said customers can be confident that water supplies were secure for the summer and year ahead.

“Good rainfall this year has filled up many of our water supply systems.

“It’s extremely unlikely we’d need water restrictions this summer, even in our smaller communities which don’t have large water storage capacity.

“This is a great relief, following three years of record drought conditions in east Gippsland.”

Despite the reprieve from drought conditions, Ms Cumming warned against complacency.

“Although the immediate outlook is good, we are continuing to focus on addressing the threats to long-term water security in the region.

“We are putting in the work now to make sure we’re well prepared to support future population growth – and rise to the challenges of climate change.

“In the new year, we’ll be inviting the community to get involved in developing our next Urban Water Strategy.

“Our customers’ ideas and insight will be critical in the next stage of our planning.”

Customers can sign up for updates about opportunities to get involved in future water planning at

Gippsland Water’s Annual Water Outlook is released each December, detailing the capacity of its water systems and supply for the summer ahead.

Read the full 2020 Annual Water Outlook at

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