While East Gippsland Water has comprehensive measures in place to maintain drinking water supplies wherever possible in the event of bushfires, including back-up generators at critical sites, customers should not rely solely on mains water to protect against a major bushfire situation. They should consider how they might manage without that supply.
This is because town water systems are designed to cater for everyday domestic drinking water needs and may not cope with bushfire events. Excessively high levels of water consumption and any possible damage to the water supply network during a severe fire event will mean the town water supply is operating under extreme load.
In addition, situations may prevent our staff from entering a bushfire zone to get to our infrastructure, which in turn may prevent us from maintaining normal drinking water pressure, quality or an uninterrupted supply to every household.
We therefore urge customers to be ready with an alternative source of water to help protect against a bushfire. For example, this might be a swimming pool or dam filled with water.
Preparing for bushfires
Visit the CFA website cfa.vic.gov.au/plan-prepare for free information and advice about preparing your family and property for a bushfire, or call the Victorian Bushfire Information Line on 1800 240 667, or (TTY) 1800 122 969
Here is a short video prepared with the CFA in Gippsland on how to prepare to defend your property and having an alternative water supply.