Water Corporation wishes to express sincere sympathy to people who have been affected by the tragic loss of life and property due to the devastating bushfires in the Shires of Waroona and Harvey.

Water Corporation has been working closely with emergency management agencies in responding to the current bushfire.

There are currently no water supply issues in towns impacted by the bushfire, with the exception of Yarloop.

Due to the catastrophic nature of the fire, power was lost to Yarloop on Thursday morning January 7. Once power was lost, water was unable to be pumped from the water treatment plant to the town’s tank, which impacted on Yarloop’s water supply.

Generators are available to be mobilised, however Water Corporation crews are unable to enter the town until the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) determine it is safe to do so.

Claims the water was turned off or diverted during the bushfire emergency are false.

People should be aware drinking water supplies can never be guaranteed during a bushfire, because infrastructure is often damaged and power is often unavailable.

Once it is determined safe to enter Yarloop, Water Corporation will complete a damage assessment and work to restore water supply to the town as soon as possible.

Two temporary taps have been installed on Johnston Road to provide safe drinking water for Yarloop residents that remain in the town.

Water Corporation has an assistance package for all customers impacted by the bushfire. For more information call 13 13 85 or look on our website at www.watercorporation.com.au/bushfireassistance

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