Own wa­ter sup­ply vi­tal for a fire fight

Avon Valley Gazette - - NEWS -

WA­TER sup­ply is cru­cial to any bush­fire plan be­cause the Wa­ter Cor­po­ra­tion can­not guar­an­tee scheme wa­ter will last in a fire in­ci­dent.

That is the ad­vice of Wa­ter Min­is­ter Mia Davies, who is call­ing on res­i­dents in bush­fire- prone ar­eas to have an in­de­pen­dent wa­ter sup­ply and pump if they plan to stay and de­fend their homes.

Ms Davies said although the Wa­ter Cor­po­ra­tion and other providers would do ev­ery­thing pos­si­ble to main­tain scheme wa­ter in a bush­fire, they must not be re­lied on.

“This in­fra­struc­ture, like any­thing in or near the path of a bush­fire, is not im­mune to dam­age,” she said.

The De­part­ment of Wa­ter ad­vises res­i­dents with ground­wa­ter bores or ac­cess to sur­face wa­ter on their prop­erty in at- risk bush­fire ar­eas to store wa­ter. Ms Davies said in the case of li­censed wa­ter users, the wa­ter did not count as part of an an­nual en­ti­tle­ment and was for emer­gency fire sit­u­a­tion use only.

“We rec­om­mend a record is kept of the amount of wa­ter taken to sup­port your fire plan,” she said.

Ms Davies said land­hold­ers needed to be aware De­part­ment of Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices and the De­part­ment of Parks and Wildlife could ac­cess bores and dams for fire­fight­ing pur­poses.

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