Own water supply vital for a fire fight
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.