Your own water supply needed to fight bushfire

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People with groundwater bores and access to surface water in bushfire prone areas can take and store water to support their bushfire plans.

GINGIN and Yanchep residents are being reminded an independent water supply is vital when planning to stay and defend during a bushfire.

This week Water Minister Dave Kelly reminded residents in bushfire prone areas to consider their water supply in preparation for the bushfire season.

Mr Kelly said while the Water Corporation was ready for the bushfire season and would do everything  possible to maintain scheme water supplies for as long as possible during a bushfire, it  could not be guaranteed.

“I urge people in bushfire prone areas not to be complacent,’’ he said.

“If you are planning to stay and defend your property during a bushfire then make sure you have an independent water supply and pumping capability.’’

He said during a bushfire, the infrastructure delivering scheme water to properties could be damaged and if there was a power failure it could result in a total loss of water.

High demand during a bushfire could also lead to a drop in water pressure and water supply tanks can quickly empty.

“People with groundwater bores and access to surface water in bushfire prone areas are reminded they can take and store water to support their bushfire plans, and if they ensure it is used for emergency fire situations it will not count as part of their annual entitlement,’’ he said.

This bushhfire season for the first time, the Water Corporation also has a dedicated incident support van that can be deployed at short notice to bushfires and other incidents to support emergency services and the community.

For the latest community warnings and information on how to prepare for bushfires, visit http://www.emergency.wa.gov.au