Get bushfire prepared with another water source
Gippsland Water is reminding the community not to rely solely on town water supply systems during an emergency this bushfire season.
“Our system is designed to meet everyday drinking water needs,” managing director Sarah Cumming said.
“While we have several back-up measures in place, supplies can be threatened if the system is placed under extreme load.”
Ms Cumming said during a bushfire event a number of factors can put strain on a town’s water supply.
“If every resident in a street is filling buckets or running hoses at the same time, this can lead to low water pressure.
“CFA tankers may also need to tap into our supply to fight a fire, which can reduce the pressure of the water to the point that supply to customers may be interrupted.
“That’s why we’re urging our customers to include another source of water in their fire plan.”
If residents are planning to stay and defend their property the CFA recommends having at least 10,000 litres of water available as a separate water source at minimum.
“While we urge customers to be prepared, we encourage all community members to follow the advice of the CFA, which is that it is safest to leave early,” Ms Cumming concluded.
To find detailed information about preparing for a bushfire and emergency weather warnings, visit emergency.vic.gov.au
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