Flooding can be an issue across Victoria and in many parts of Gippsland. Floods place pressure on infrastructure and cause damage to homes and businesses.
Floods can also cause issues with
sewer systems that become overwhelmed by stormwater; and place pressure on
water treatment systems around rivers that have been inundated by silt and
For information on preparing your home or business for flooding, visit the SES Floodsafe page.
Impact on water supplies
Flood events may impact water supplies if a treatment plant draws water from a river or creek. Run-off of soils and silts may reduce the capacity of the plant to treat the raw water. This may impact on the quantity and quality of supply.
If this happens, we will keep our customers and the wider community informed, through website and social media updates, as well as traditional media and any other appropriate channels.
Impact on sewer systems
During flood events, sewer systems can be inundated by stormwater.
This can lead to wastewater overflows into the environment, which can be hazardous to your health. Follow the SES guidance: never drive, walk or cycle through flood waters.
Ensure you have an alternative water supply
In the unlikely event that your water supply is interrupted, you will need to access water for daily needs.
The Australian Red Cross
suggests that you have three days' supply of water on hand in the event of an
emergency. Find out more on the Australian Red Cross website.
Ensure your stormwater does not enter the wastewater system
Inundation of the sewerage system is a major risk during flood events. This can occur when households allow stormwater to enter the system through what is known as an overflow relief gully (ORG).
Overflow relief gullies are designed to allow a household sewerage system to overflow in a relatively contained area should the system be blocked by a tree root or other obstacle.
Allowing rain water drainage to enter the sewer system in this way, increases the risk of sewer overflows during rain events.
If you are not sure whether your ORG is connected properly, call us on 1800 050 500.