STAWELL - Lake Lonsdale Action Group has called for support from the Northern Grampians Shire Council to stop the draining of Lake Lonsdale.
Group president, Ray Howard, has presented evidence to show there is sufficient water in various storages across the region, to be able to allow GWM Water to stop the draining of Lonsdale.
While water is not being drained from Lonsdale at present, GWM Water has confirmed that water is being diverted to Mt William Creek.
GWM Water operations manager, Andrew Rose, said the authority was harvesting around 30 megalitres a day from Fyans Creek.
"There is no water being harvested out of Lake Lonsdale," Mr Rose said.
"However, there is 30 megalitres a day being harvested from Fyans Creek. This water is being run through a bypass system into Mt William Creek.
"The water is being directed to Taylors Lake for storage, mainly because it is good quality water and will be used for consumption purposes."
Mr Rose said the harvesting of water from Fyans Creek was described as operational usage to ensure the authority makes the best use of the water that is available.
He said the water being harvested would not have run into Lake Lonsdale, but would have continued to fill Lake Fyans.
"It would normally have been harvested into Fyans, but the lake has reached a certain level now, so it was decided to divert the water to Taylors Lake."
Lake Lonsdale Action Group is aware of the diversion of water, but still remains of the opinion that reservoirs such as Rocklands, Wartook, Bellfield and Fyans hold enough water to ensure there is no need to continue draining Lonsdale.