An independent water supply is crucial for residents planning to stay and defend
During a bushfire, the Water Corporation works to supply water for as long as possible, but scheme water cannot be guaranteed
Water Minister Mia Davies has strongly encouraged residents in bushfire prone areas to secure an independent water supply and pumping capability, if they planned to stay and defend their home.
Ms Davies said water utilities, such as the Water Corporation, would do everything they could to maintain scheme water during a bushfire but they must not be relied upon.
"This infrastructure, like anything in or near the path of a bushfire, is not immune to damage," she said.
"If a bushfire damages infrastructure or there is a loss of power, this will result in a total loss of water. This is why, if you choose to stay and defend your home, it is absolutely critical that you have your own water supply and pumping capability."
The Department of Water encourages those with groundwater bores or access to surface water on their property in at-risk bushfire areas, to store water to support their bushfire plans.
"In the case of licensed water users, this water does not count as part of your annual entitlement and is to be used for emergency fire situations only. We recommend a record is kept of the amount of water taken to support your fire plan," the Minister said.
Ms Davies said rural landholders also needed to be aware bores and dams could be called upon by Department of Fire and Emergency Services and the Department of Parks and Wildlife during a bushfire for firefighting needs.
"We encourage landholders to ensure whoever is fighting the fire has access to draw points when needed," she said.
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