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State Government advice about rainwater tanks

A statement from the Victorian State Government:

Residents in bushfire affected areas who are without drinking and domestic water supply due to tank contamination now have a single point of contact to call for assistance.

South East Water, based in Frankston, will be providing bushfire aid on behalf of the Victorian water industry to tank water users in the affected North East Victoria and East Gippsland regions.

South East Water will be a ‘one-stop-shop’ as the initial contact point for bushfire affected residents who need emergency relief water, as well as coordinating the delivery of water across affected areas.

Eligible permanent residents in the declared bushfire affected areas of East Gippsland and some parts of the Wellington Shire will be provided a tank water flush and top-up of 5,000 litres.

All Victorians who may be threatened by bushfire are reminded to reduce the risk of contamination to water tanks by disconnecting the downpipe and covering the tank, if it is safe to do so.

Residents in non-affected bushfire areas who rely on rainwater tanks are advised that smoke taint alone is unlikely to be a health concern. However, if you are concerned about the taste of your tank water, use bottled water for drinking, food preparation, brushing teeth and for animals. You can continue to use your rainwater for other uses.

Anyone seeking emergency water assistance from the bushfire affected areas should contact South East Water on 131 851.

For more information on maintaining water tanks before, during and after bushfires go to: https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/HealthyLiving/bushfires-and-water-tanks


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