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Be bushfire prepared with an alternative water source

Gippsland Water is reminding customers that town water supply systems should not be solely relied upon during a bushfire or grass fire.

“We are urging our customers to be prepared with another source of water should their town water become limited or unavailable in a fire emergency,” Managing Director Sarah Cumming said.

During a fire event, there are a number of factors that can have an impact on water supply.

“If a large number of people are filling buckets or storing water during an emergency, a surge in demand can lead to lower water pressure at the tap.

“Add in a CFA tanker filling up at the same time and the water delivery system could come under extreme load, threatening security of supply.

“While we have measures in place to protect town water assets from fire damage, town water systems are only designed to cater for everyday drinking water needs,” Ms Cumming concluded.

Detailed information about preparing for a bushfire and emergency weather warnings can be found at

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