Summer water restrictions are likely in parts of Gippsland
The state government is warning that stage 2 water restrictions could be introduced for towns on the Mitchell River supply in mid-January. That includes Bairnsdale and Lakes Entrance.
The government's Annual Water Outlook report shows that while supplies are good, ongoing strain is being caused by dry conditions and increasing population growth.
Minister for Water Lisa Neville said that recent rainfall meant water storages are slightly higher than this time last year, but it was important to remain vigilant about water efficiency to protect our supplies into the future