Part of $12.5 million five-year program
Western Australia to be equipped with 2,900 extra fire hydrants
The State Government today announced the installation of an extra 350 fire hydrants across 12 metropolitan suburbs.
The suburbs are Hazelmere, Malaga, Osborne Park, Canning Vale, Henderson, Kenwick, Kewdale, Kwinana Beach, Naval Base, O'Connor, Welshpool and Maddington. The Water Corporation will start installing the hydrants this month.
Water Minister Mia Davies said the program was part of a five-year plan to install 2,900 new fire hydrants across Western Australia, to improve the State's fire hydrant network.
"Nearly 760 new fire hydrants have been installed since January this year. This has included city and regional areas, with priority given to suburbs and towns considered to be in high bushfire risk areas," Ms Davies said.
"Fire hydrants have been used in Western Australia since the late 1800s and have saved many lives and prevented countless property losses."
Following a review of the 70,000 fire hydrants across the State, the Water Corporation and the Department of Fire and Emergency Services found gaps in the network and identified extra fire hydrants were needed.
"The Water Corporation has been consulting with local government authorities, Main Roads WA and the Department of Fire and Emergency Services to determine locations for the new fire hydrants, with community advice remaining crucial to ensure they are installed in the best possible locations," the Minister said.
Ms Davies reminded people living in high bushfire risk areas that they should still have an independent water supply, if they choose to stay and actively defend their home during a bushfire.
"While the Water Corporation will do all it can to maintain scheme water during a bushfire, damaged infrastructure or a cut to power may result in a loss of public water supplies," she said.
New hydrants will ensure the fire hydrant system meets Water Corporation and Department of Fire and Emergency Services standards
People in high bushfire risk areas should still plan to have an independent water supply, if they plan to stay and defend their home in the event of a fire
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