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Getting ready for summer means thinking about water use in a fire

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Getting ready for summer means thinking about water use in a fire

As the weather heats up, Gippsland Water is reminding customers who may face bush or grass fires this summer that water supply cannot be guaranteed in an emergency.

“There are a number of factors that can have an impact on water supply in a fire” said Gippsland Water’s Paul Clark.

“If a lot of customers are running hoses at one time our reserves may be drawn down. Similarly, increased demand can lead to lower water pressure at the tap. If the CFA is filling a tanker, that too can cause pressure issues and of course, our facilities are not immune from fire” added Mr Clark.

Like homeowners, Gippsland Water gets ready for bushfire season by preparing water treatment and sewerage plants, training staff in emergency management and listening to the CFA for warnings about upcoming conditions.

“With a forecast of a hot, dry and long summer before us, we are keen for customers to be fully prepared for a fire should such an event confront them. That means having a plan for what to do should water not be available for some reason. Being prepared for all eventualities increases customer’s ability to get through summer safely,” concluded Mr Clark.

For more information about preparing your property for bushfire Gippsland Water recommends customers visit

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