Tasmania's water storage ‘sufficient’

Despite a dry Autumn, water levels in Tasmania’s storages are sufficient to keep the state off water restrictions.

Tasmania’s water storage level sits at 35.5 per cent. 

The level is a result of a drier-than-average Autumn across the state.

But a TasWater spokesman said there were no plans to put water restrictions into effect.

In its seasonal outlook the Bureau of Meteorology predicted a 60 per cent chance Tasmania would exceed its average rainfall for winter.

“Although we are experiencing drier than average conditions in the north of the state, TasWater does not envisage water restrictions being required during winter,” the spokesman said. 

“Water levels in our storages are sufficient to meet the requirements of our customers.

“We will continue to monitor and assess water storages and river flows as per our standard approach to managing water resources.”

For many Tasmanians last year’s energy crisis remains fresh in their minds. 

But both TasWater and Hydro Tasmania said Autumn’s dry conditions were nothing to worry about.

Hydro Tasmania chief executive Steve Davy was comfortable with the situation.

“Our storages are in a strong position at 35.5 per cent, as we approach what’s usually the wettest part of the year,” he said.

“Despite a fairly dry autumn, we’re comfortably on track to exceed our storage target of 30 per cent at the end of June.

“While the Energy Security Taskforce deliberates, Hydro Tasmania has applied extra conservatism to storage management, and taken steps to further enhance climate modelling.”

The TasWater spokesman said the company used a range of tools to predict rainfall and storage capacity.

“We consider metrics such as short and long range weather forecast, river flow, storage levels and water licencing restrictions which are put in place to ensure adequate environmental flows, irrigation requirements and water demand from industry,” he said.

Mr Davy said the state had recovered strongly from the energy crisis. 

“It’s a mark of how strongly Tasmania has recovered from the events of 2015/16 that the Australian and Tasmanian governments are now investigating how to expand the state’s renewable energy output and make Tasmania the battery of the nation,” he said.