During a bushfire your water supply and pressure can't be guaranteed. Find out how you can get prepared for bushfire season.
Do you live in or near a bushfire prone area? Then now is the time to check that you are prepared in the event of a fire.
When developing your bush fire survival plan, you need to consider what you will do if a bushfire occurs and what you will need.
Use the following Department of Fire & Emergency Services resources to develop a bushfire survival plan that is suitable for your family and personal situation:
If you choose to stay and defend your home, you need to have an independent water supply and pumping capability ready. This is because, during a bushfire, infrastructure can be damaged and power is often unavailable. Water pressure can also be significantly affected.
To support bushfire plans, people with groundwater bores and surface water access can take and store emergency water without it counting against their entitlements. For more information on this and for the location of emergency bushfire water supplies in dryland agricultural areas visit the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation's website.
The multi-hazard Emergency WA website will give you better access to emergency information and community safety warnings.
How DFES recommend you secure your independent water supply
It is likely that you will lose water and power supplies during a bushfire. If you are planning to actively defend your home, the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) recommend you have an independent water supply and pumping capability.
We are prepared for bushfire season. However, we cannot guarantee that water pressure or water supply will be maintained in the event of a bushfire. Loss of electricity may cause pumps that transfer water to our storage tanks to fail. We may not be able to access water supply or respond to system failures in areas that are deemed by DFES or Western Power to be unsafe for our staff to enter.
We prepare for bushfire season by readying our equipment and systems to cope with extreme conditions.
- clearing land and access tracks within and around our water pumping stations, storage areas and catchments
- transportable generators available for deployment as required to water pumping stations
- access to water carters to transport emergency water supplies should the need arise
- a public education campaign in collaboration with DFES.
We’re working with DFES
We work closely with DFES in the event of a bushfire so that:
- firefighters can quickly locate fire hydrants
- firefighters have the best access to available water supplies
- disruptions, or low pressure to customers connected to our system are minimised.
Despite these efforts, water supplies can be affected by both loss of power and a drastic drop in water pressure during a bushfire.
Diesel generators permanently installed at pump stations would also be vulnerable in the event of a bushfire. Like the rest of Water Corporation’s infrastructure, they would not be immune to damage and can be affected by the extreme heat generated by a fire. Generators would also need the capacity to be remotely switched on if the pump station lost mains power during a bushfire and, if communications are lost, which is often the case, this would not be possible. Storing diesel at the pump stations would also add to the potential fuel for a bushfire.
We have mobile generators on standby in the event of an emergency, and install them if the fire incident controller deems it safe to do so.
We recommend you keep a supply of drinking water available throughout summer in case your water supply is interrupted.
Assistance for customers affected by bushfire
After a bushfire we are able to assist you with issues such as damaged water meters and payment difficulties.
If you have been affected by bushfire please call us on 13 13 85.
Bushfire contacts and more information
For more information about preparing your family and home for bushfire season, visit the Fire Chat webpage.
Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) website
Life threatening emergency: 000
State Emergency Service (SES) assistance: 13 25 00
DFES information line: 1300 657 209
Main Roads road closure information: 13 81 38
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