West Barwon Reservoir spilling: video

The West Barwon Reservoir, greater Geelong's most significant drinking water catchment, is full and overflowing for the first time in a decade.

Consistent rain over the last month has seen the reservoir spill for the first time since July 2002. The spill began on Wednesday 27 June 2012 and continues.

Check out our video, below, for some rarely seen footage of the iconic reservoir at capacity.

The reservoir's spill has flow-on benefits for our environment. During June, more than 200 million litres of water have been released for environmental flows. This environmental release, together with the water going over the spillway, will benefit the river and the environment immediately downstream of the reservoir.

In another milestone for our water storages, the Korweinguboora, Bostock and West Barwon reservoirs are now spilling simultaneously for the first time since the mid 1990s. Other reservoirs that are spilling include the West Gellibrand, Olangolah, Allen and Painkalac reservoirs.


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