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Be prepared for bushfire season. Make a survival plan, have other sources of water ready and know what to do in an emergency.

The CFA has some great resources, including the Fire Ready Kit to help you understand the risks on your property and be prepared in case of a bushfire.

Have another source of water

It is critically important 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.

Here, CFA assistant chief fire officer Allan Rankin talks about preparing to defend your property and having an alternate water supply.

The CFA advises leaving early is the safest option to protect you and your family.

For home owners who choose to stay and defend their property, the CFA recommends at least 10,000 litres of water is available for emergencies.

Alternate water sources could include:
• a water tank specifically for firefighting purposes
• a swimming pool or dam
• multiple rubbish bins, wheelie bins, bathtubs, laundry troughs and 200 litre drums.

Pumping water

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.

Fire bans and ratings

Visit the CFA website to check for Total Fire Bans and Fire Ratings for Victoria. Our service area is located entirely in the West and South Gippsland Fire District.

Emergency telephone numbers

Emergency: 000
VicEmergency hotline: 1800 226 226
Wildlife rescue: 1300 094 535
State Emergency Service: (SES) 13 25 00
Vicroads Road Closure Information: 13 11 70

Emergency updates

Vic Emergency website
Download the VicEmergency App via the App Store or Google Play
CFA Updates on Twitter
CFA Updates on Facebook

Key information services

Bureau of Meteorology Victoria
VicRoads VicTraffic - road closure and traffic alerts
Victoria Police

Bushfire and private water supplies

The water we supply to townships is treated to Safe Drinking Water Standards and is monitored on a daily basis. If you have a private drinking water supply, you should monitor your rainwater tanks and quality of drinking water for contamination due to airborne debris and ash.

You can find out more at:
Environment Protection Authority - Smoke and your health
Department of Health and Human Services - Bushfires and public health

About us

Gippsland Water supplies fresh clean drinking water to more than 70,000 customers, and wastewater services to more than 63,000 customers across an area of more than 5,000 square kilometres. It maintains a $1 billion infrastructure network, which includes more than 2,000 kilometres of water mains, 15 water treatment plants, over 1,700 kilometres of sewer mains and 14 wastewater treatment plants.

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Free drinking water initiative

Did you know that you can access free tap water at refill locations across the Latrobe Valley?

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55 Hazelwood Road, Traralgon, VIC, 3844

Phone: 1800 050 500

Fax: (03) 5174 0103

Interpreter service: 1313 450


TTY: 1800 555 677

Email: contactus@gippswater.com.au