Our bushfire preparation this season includes making sure our customers know how important it is to put aside some drinking water and to be ready with an alternative source of water in the event of a bushfire.
A bushfire may impact on our ability to maintain water pressure, or to supply you with water, if electrical power is lost, or a water asset is damaged by fire.
If you intend to defend your property, be prepared with another source of water if town water becomes limited or unavailable.
CFA District 10 Operations Manager Allan Rankin talks about preparing to defend your property and having an alternate water supply.
Consider installing a water tank specifically for firefighting purposes.
If you have a swimming pool or dam, consider using these as a source of water for firefighting.
Rubbish bins, wheelie bins, bathtubs, laundry troughs and 200 litre drums can also be used.
The CFA recommend home owners who choose to stay and defend their property have at least 10,000 litres of water available for emergencies.
To draw water from an independent water supply, a petrol or diesel fire-fighting pump is needed.
Consult a pump specialist to determine the size of the pump and fittings needed. Hoses for use in the event of a bushfire should be able to reach all areas of your home.
The Gippsland Water service area is located entirely in the West and South Gippsland Fire District.
Before the fire season starts, you should develop a Fire Ready Kit to help you understand the risks on your property and be prepared in case of a bushfire.
You can download the Fire Ready Kit from the Country Fire Authority (CFA) website.
To make sure you’re fire ready refer to the CFA website www.cfa.vic.gov.au
Or call the Bushfire Information Line on 1800 240 667 (TTY) 1800 122 969
Victorian bushfire information line: 1800 240 667
Wildlife rescue: 1300 094 535
State Emergency Service: (SES) 13 25 00
Vicroads Road Closure Information: 13 11 70