• As residents return to their homes Water Corporation has asked the community to be mindful of its water use.
  • If everyone returns home and starts to fill their rainwater tanks or begins large scale wash down of properties it will put pressure on the drinking water supply. 
  • DFES still requires access to the drinking water supply for firefighting purposes so it is important to minimise domestic water use as much as possible.
  • There is sufficient supply for normal domestic use and Water Corporation will continue to have additional water carted. The water is safe to drink.
  • Residents with an independent water supply should contact their local private water carter if it needs to be re-filled.
  • All dam recreation areas in the South West and Perth area will remain closed this weekend in response to the bushfires.

Water supply background:

  • Northcliffe and Quinninup are supplied with drinking water by a water carting arrangement as there is poor water quality at local sources.  This arrangement has been in place since 2011, and is the most sustainable supply option. 
  • Since the bushfire began, Water Corporation has always ensured that the tanks supplying drinking water remain adequate and that there was no risk or problem with the drinking water supply.  
  • Water Corporation is providing its full support to the inter-agency incident management team and has put all practical measures in place to keep continuity of drinking water supply and support firefighting efforts.
  • Water Corporation continues to work around the clock to ensure water supplies in Northcliffe are secure.  


6/02/2015

  • Northcliffe and Quinninup are supplied with drinking water by a water carting arrangement as there is poor water quality at local sources.  This arrangement has been in place since 2011, and is the most sustainable supply option.
  • Since the bushfire began, Water Corporation has always ensured that the tanks supplying drinking water remain adequate and that there is no risk or problem with the drinking water supply.  
  • Contingency measures are in place at each tank in case the power supply is interrupted.
  • DFES is intermittently taking water from the Corporation’s water supply system (via hydrants) for firefighting purposes around Northcliffe.  It also has access to the previously used non-potable local surface water sources (two dams).
  • DFES is occasionally taking water directly from the Corporation’s water carters, and this is provided when available.
  • Water Corporation is providing its full support to the inter-agency incident management team and has put all practical measures in place to keep continuity of drinking water supply and support firefighting efforts.
  • Water Corporation continues to work around the clock to ensure water supplies in Northcliffe are secure.

 

Water carting

  • We cart drinking water to small towns across WA when the local water sources do not meet the needs of the town due to water quality (contamination or poor quality when dams reach low levels) or quantity (lack of inflow). This is also the case when the cost of treatment would be order of magnitudes greater than this.
  • For towns remote from a safe and secure water source, water carting can be the most economic option for public water supply compares to installing pipelines and water treatment plants. This is currently the case for Northcliffe and Quinninup both of which receive water from Pemberton. 
  • This is a strategic source decision – not a short term response.  

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