BALMORAL residents are concerned about the lack of water in Rocklands Reservoir.
Balmoral Angling Club secretary Mick Howman said the reservoir was at 22 per cent capacity three weeks ago.
The reservoir is now at 39 per cent.
"We, the community, are very concerned about the excessive amount of water leaving the reservoir," Mr Howman said.
"We want nothing less than 50 per cent left in Rocklands at any given stage.
"That amount will allow for any environmental factors, other usage and evaporation."
GWMWater spokesman Andrew Rose said the authority was the storage manager for Rocklands Reservoir.
"The Victorian Environmental Water Holder has entitlements to environmental water in storage," he said.
"In the case of Rocklands Reservoir, the environmental water holder takes advice from the Glenelg-Hopkins Catchment Management Authority in regard to the delivery of water to the Glenelg River."
He said releases from Rocklands were in accordance with the Glenelg-Hopkins CMA's Watering Plan.
Mr Howman said just because the authorities had an entitlement to the water, did not mean they should use it.
"Rocklands is not on a perennial river system so, for seven months of the year, not one drop runs into Rocklands," he said.
"People don't realise that the next drought is on the way and there will be no water for anybody. "
Mr Howman said Rocklands Reservoir was one of western Victoria's greatest assets.
"We don't want to lose it," he said.
"At Easter in 1996 when there was a reasonable amount of water in Rocklands, more than 4000 people camped around Rocklands."
Mr Howman said the community wanted nothing less than 50 per cent at the end of each given day.
"This means it might have to get to 80 per cent to achieve this target in summer," he said.
"When there is a significant amount of water in Rocklands, there is plenty for everybody.
"But we need to give the reservoir a chance to catch up."
Mr Howman said he wanted GWMWater to stop letting water out of the reservoir.
"You turn your garden tap off when you have enough water in the bucket. Why can't they?" he said.
"Being farmers, we know how precious water is. It pains us to see it wasted."
The entitlement holders for Rocklands are GWMWater, Wannon Water and the Victorian Environmental Water Holder.
Mr Rose said under the Bulk Entitlement Order, there was an agreed set of triggers which determined how much each of the entitlement holders would receive when the storage reached a particular level. "Rocklands is being operated in accordance with the triggers in the Bulk Entitlement Order," he said.
He said the Bulk Entitlement Order was under review.