How much water can the lake hold?
The Lake Albert Management Plan estimates that when full, the Lake represents a storage volume of around 4,000 megalitres.
How is the lake filled?
The two primary sources for filling Lake Albert are:
- Crooked Creek to the South East - partially diverted from 1902, and permanently diverted into the Lake in 1969/70.
- Stringybark Creek to the South West - partially diverted in 1932 and permanently diverted into the Lake in 1977
Under average rainfall conditions, the catchment area has the ability to generate an inflow of more than twice the volume of water stored in the Lake.
Once the catchment area to the south of the Lake is saturated, these two sources can fill the Lake in a relatively short timeframe.
Recent works have been undertaken on these waterways to improve the quality of the water entering the Lake.
Has anything changed recently?
Where does the water go?
The main source of water loss is evaporation.
Normal evaporation losses are 1000 mm in an average year and up to 1500 mm in a drought year. This is equivalent to half the Lake’s capacity in a dry year.