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Droughts are a normal part of a variable climate. They have always occurred and will continue to occur in the future. Researchers have identified periods over the last 1000 years where droughts occurred that were even worse than those on conventional records.

As our climate continues to warm and become drier, climate modelling tells us that droughts are likely to be more frequent and harsher. The Millennium Drought of 1997-2009, a drought unprecedented in duration and intensity, has been linked to human induced climate change.

What we have to consider when planning for droughts

During times of drought there may not be enough water to meet normal levels of demand. Like other water corporations, we use water restrictions to manage demand during particularly harsh droughts. We’re guided by our Drought Response Plan when making decisions on water restrictions.

There’s always a trade off when considering how resilient our water supply systems should be to droughts. Water restrictions are inconvenient and can have a community cost, but securing additional water to avoid water restrictions also comes at a cost which can mean higher water tariffs.

In managing our water supply security, we’ve always allowed for water restrictions to help to manage the worst years. This has helped to avoid large price increases. We’re keen to hear your views on drought preparedness and how we might strike the right balance for the future.

About us

Gippsland Water supplies fresh clean drinking water to more than 70,000 customers, and wastewater services to more than 63,000 customers across an area of more than 5,000 square kilometres. It maintains a $1 billion infrastructure network, which includes more than 2,000 kilometres of water mains, 15 water treatment plants, over 1,700 kilometres of sewer mains and 14 wastewater treatment plants.

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Contact us

55 Hazelwood Road, Traralgon, VIC, 3844

Phone: 1800 050 500

Fax: (03) 5174 0103

Interpreter service: 1313 450

TTY: 1800 555 677