As fire season approaches, we are preparing our people and pipe networks to cope with extreme conditions.
However, it is important to remember South Gippsland Water cannot guarantee that water pressure or an uninterrupted water supply will be maintained in the event of a bushfire.
South Gippsland Water has:
- Dedicated portable generators on standby, to return power quickly to fire-damaged pumping stations and water sources
- Installation of deluge systems at our key pumping stations and treatment facilities
- Water carters on standby to transport emergency water supplies
Despite these efforts, extreme circumstances may prevent South Gippsland Water from maintaining water pressure or an uninterrupted water supply during a bushfire. Loss of electricity may cause loss of power to our pumps, which transfer water across the region. Extreme increased demand for water from residents and the CFA during a bushfire may cause a reduction in pressure or total loss of water.
What you can do:
We recommend you consult the CFA about preparing your family and home for a bushfire. Visit the CFA website or call 1800 240 667 for more information.
You can also help by ‘adopting’ a fire hydrant near your home. It is essential that fire fighters have quick and easy access to hydrants for water during a bushfire – help keep the hydrant nearest your property clear, visible and accessible at all times by:
- Clearing soil grass and shrubs from around the hydrant
- Keeping vehicles clear of the hydrant
- Reporting any visible faults, damage or missing markers to your local Council or South Gippsland Water on 1300 851 636.
- CFA Website
- Phone South Gippsland Water on 1300 851 636