We need steady, regular rain in order to soak our catchments and get water flowing into our dams. Slowly declining rainfall means Perth's dams receive much less streamflow than in past years. Streamflow is the amount of water entering our dams from our catchments and is measured by changing water storage volumes.

The water in our dams is no longer just made up of inflows from rain. Groundwater and desalinated water are stored in these dams during periods of low demand so it is available when it is most needed in the hotter months.

Dam volumes, rainfall and water use data is updated every working day, streamflow is updated weekly.

Our water overview

Updated: Thursday, 01 October 2020

Current

42.5%

268 GL

Last year

45%

284 GL

Change

5.7%

-16.2 GL

To 9am

0.00

mm

May total

May average*

32.20

mm

88.70

mm

* Average monthly rainfall (for the period 1876 - 2016).

Total Dam Capacity

Perth Metro
50.7%
319.7 GL
Last year
52.1%
328.05 GL
Change
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-2.5%
-8.35 GL

Total Dam Capacity

South West
49.3%
178.19 GL
Last year
57.4%
207.48 GL
Change
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-14.1%
-29.29 GL

Total Dam Capacity

Great Southern
84.2%
2.68 GL
Last year
71.2%
2.26 GL
Change
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18.1%
0.41 GL

Total Dam Capacity

Mid West
76.7%
0.02 GL
Last year
75.8%
0.02 GL
Change
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0%
0 GL

Total Dam Capacity

North West
32.9%
3557.59 GL
Last year
47.6%
5158.14 GL
Change
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-31%
-1600.55 GL

Dam storage for the last 14 days - metro supply

Dam storage for the last 14 days - metro supply
Year Today 30/09 29/09 28/09 27/09 26/09 25/09 24/09 23/09 22/09 21/09 20/09 19/09 18/09 17/09 16/09 15/09 14/09 13/09 12/09 11/09 10/09 09/09 08/09 07/09 06/09 05/09 04/09 03/09 02/09
2020 319.7 319.6 319.5 319.2 319.0 318.4 318.4 318.2 318.1 317.9 317.8 317.2 316.4 316.1 316.0 315.9 315.7 315.5 315.1 314.5 314.0 313.2 312.3 310.5 308.6 306.0 305.6 305.3 304.8 304.4
2019 328.0 328.1 328.3 328.3 328.4 328.5 328.5 328.8 328.8 328.8 328.7 328.5 328.2 327.5 327.3 327.3 327.0 326.6 326.2 325.9 325.5 325.1 324.6 324.1 323.3 322.5 321.5 319.9 317.9 315.5
Comparison -8.4 -8.6 -8.8 -9.1 -9.5 -10.1 -10.1 -10.5 -10.7 -10.9 -11.0 -11.4 -11.8 -11.4 -11.3 -11.4 -11.3 -11.1 -11.2 -11.4 -11.5 -11.9 -12.3 -13.6 -14.7 -16.5 -15.9 -14.6 -13.2 -11.1
N/A = Data not available. Storage measured in GL.

Monthly dam volume comparison - metro supply

Select each point to see monthly dam volume.

Year Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
2020 294.94 283.32 274.08 267.85 267.04 272.40 283.15 296.38 313.89 319.70 N/A N/A
2019 333.65 317.65 303.57 291.21 283.69 281.77 291.51 302.77 325.42 326.26 318.98 306.35
2018 270.72 263.17 253.37 249.70 248.40 256.88 278.49 344.19 370.90 371.77 363.19 349.35
2017 197.74 194.59 189.45 186.42 185.27 188.32 197.48 238.72 270.02 285.20 282.51 277.58
2016 163.09 155.03 147.98 146.33 149.90 156.92 163.41 178.38 197.34 209.81 209.94 205.44
2015 219.15 203.51 190.36 183.38 179.93 178.31 175.30 177.08 182.60 182.22 179.52 172.37
2014 212.05 197.95 182.03 170.36 168.22 174.21 188.13 206.14 230.42 248.48 244.79 235.79
2013 185.24 172.25 159.56 153.83 153.15 155.42 156.60 174.23 207.29 244.20 238.57 225.54
N/A = Data not available. Storage measured in GL.

How climate change is impacting our water sources

Water sources for our largest scheme, the Integrated Water Supply Scheme (IWSS) which supplies Perth, the Goldfields and Agricultural Region and some parts of the South West have changed dramatically. Water for the IWSS is now comprised of a combination of sources, including desalinated seawater, groundwater, groundwater replenishment and streamflow into dams.

Traditionally, Perth relied heavily on streamflow into our dams as a water source, but declining streamflow has meant dams now play a bigger role as storage reservoirs. The water in our dams is no longer just made up of inflows from rain. Groundwater and desalinated water are stored in these dams during periods of low demand so it is available when it is most needed in the hotter months.

How Perth's water sources have changed

In 2019-20 the breakdown of Perth's water sources (IWSS) consisted of:

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%
Desalination
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%
Groundwater
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Dams
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%
Groundwater replenishment