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As a result of the recent high rainfalls and subsequent flooding Melbourne Water is working with emergency services and other relevant agencies to review the impacts to our waterways and assets. 

For flood or storm emergency assistance, contact the VIC SES on 132 500 and for life threatening emergencies call 000. 

You can access current emergency information by calling the VicEmergency Hotline on 1800 226 226 or sign up to receive regular updates regarding flooding via the emergency.vic.gov.au website and app.

Upper Yarra Reservoir

Upper Yarra Reservoir is filled by rainfall received by the surrounding catchment, and also stores water transferred from Thomson Reservoir.

The water from Upper Yarra Reservoir is transferred to Silvan Reservoir, and can also supply townships along the way. From Silvan, water can be distributed throughout metropolitan Melbourne.

Key facts

The dam at Upper Yarra Reservoir is a rolled earthfill and rockfill embankment, and was completed in 1957.

Aerial view of Upper Yarra Reservoir and surrounding catchment

  • Catchment area: 33,670 hectares
  • Surface area: 750 hectares
  • Total capacity: 200,579 megalitres
  • Dam height: 90 metres
  • Dam length: 610 metres
     

Rainfall over the years

View highlights from our historical rainfall data for Upper Yarra Reservoir, including annual rainfall, monthly averages, and the wettest and driest years by month.

Live rainfall and water storage data

Get the latest information on each of our 10 major reservoirs, including daily water storage levels and hourly rainfall and river level data.

Annual rainfall at Upper Yarra (1940-2021)

Graph of annual rainfall (mm) at Upper Yarra Reservoir, 1940-2021

Monthly rainfall records (mm)

Last updated: January 2022

Month Wettest Driest Average
​January 184.2 (1956)​ 3.2 (1990)​ 62.6
February​ ​233.9 (1973) 0.4 (1991)​ 54.4
March​ 190.0 (1950)​ 0.8 (1951)​ 62.3
April​ 200.2 (1951)​ 16.5 (1963)​ 80.7
May​ 256.0 (1960)​ 16.4 (2001)​ 100.3
June​ 288.5 (1952)​ 23.4 (1965)​ 102.2
July​ 228.6 (1947)​ 28.8 (1994)​ 112.2
August​ 223.2 (1976)​ 24.8 (1982)​ 126.2
September​ 222.6 (1992)​ 45.8 (1981)​ 119.8
October​ 251.2 (1953)​ 19.6 (2015)​ 108.3
November​ 210.1 (1960)​ 23.6 (1982)​ 99.2
December​ 198.9 (1955)​ 4.1 (1972)​ 85.0
Annual total 1699.9 (1952)​ 683.6 (1997)​ 1113.2
Last updated:
28 January 2022