Bushfire Readiness and Water Supply
It’s bushfire season, we have prepared our people and water supply networks the best we can to cope with extreme conditions.
However, it is important to remember Westernport Water cannot guarantee its ability to maintain water pressure or an uninterrupted water supply in the event of a bushfire.
Westernport Water has:
- Dedicated portable generators on standby, to return power quickly to fire-damaged pumping stations and water sources
- Installed deluge systems at our key sewerage pumping stations and treatment facilities
- Water carters on standby to transport emergency water supplies
Despite these efforts, extreme circumstances may prevent Westernport Water from maintaining water pressure or an uninterrupted water supply during a bushfire. Loss of electricity may cause loss of power to our pumps, which transfer water across the region. Extreme increased demand for water from residents and the CFA during a bushfire may cause a reduction in pressure or total loss of water.
What you can do:
If you intent to defend your property, be prepared with another source if town water becomes limited or unavailable. We recommend you consult the CFA about preparing your family and home for a bushfire. Visit the CFA website or call 1800 240 667 for more information.
You can also help by ‘adopting’ a fire hydrant near your home. It is essential that fire fighters have quick and easy access to hydrants for water during a bushfire, you can help keep the hydrant nearest your property clear, visible and accessible at all times by:
- clearing soil grass and shrubs from around the hydrant
- keeping vehicles clear of the hydrant; and
- reporting any visible faults, damage or missing markers to your local Council or Westernport Water on 1300 720 711
- Emergency dial 000
- Victorian bushfire line 1800 240 667
- State Emergency Services (SES) 13 25 00
- Westernport Water on 1300 720 711
- Vicroads Road Closuer Information 13 11 70