DESPITE predictions of only a 40 per cent chance of greater than average rainfall over the next 12 months, Central Highlands Water (CHW) is predicting no new water restrictions in the coming year for Ballarat customers.
CHW's annual Water Outlook report, released on Tuesday, gives the regions water supply a clean bill of health, a far cry from areas just to the north and east who are already back severe water restrictions heading into the driest time of the year.
The report says: "CHW water supply resources are in a good position leading into the start of the 2019-20 summer period".
"No water restrictions are expected across the 15 separate water supply systems in the 12 month outlook period based on current levels of supply, forecast climatic conditions and assumed water usage demand."
CHW produces the report in December every year and relies on continued Bureau of Meteorology updates, which this year has predicted hotter and dryer summer months ahead.
The authority manages 15 separate water supply systems covering 9275sq km within Ballarat, Central Goldfields, Golden Plains, Hepburn, Pyrenees, Northern Grampians, Moorabool and Corangamite.
After a wetter than average November, Ballarat's water supply sits at 94 per cent at the start of summer, Maryborough's supply is at 77 per cent, while Daylesford is at full capacity.
Information relating to CHW's water storage levels across all of its 15 systems in addition to current permanent water saving rules are available at chw.net.au
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