Bushfire & your water supply

Preparing for bushfire season

Every summer, as the weather becomes hotter and vegetation dries out, our region experiences a high fire danger period. Wannon Water prepares for the bushfire season by readying our people and our pipe networks to cope with extreme conditions. Our initiatives include:

  • Clearing of land and access tracks within and around storage areas and catchments 
  • Back up generators at key sites, including major pumping stations and water sources
  • Transportable generators for deployment as required
  • Access to water carters to transport emergency water supplies should the need arise

Wannon Water works closely with the CFA 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 reticulation system are minimised.

Wannon Water has crews on standby to make urgent repairs to water mains and hydrants. 

Wannon Water however cannot guarantee that water pressure or an uninterrupted water supply will be maintained during a bushfire.

Loss of electricity supply may cause our pumps, which transfer water, to fail. Extreme increased use of water by residents and the CFA during a bushfire may cause a reduction in water pressure throughout our pipe networks.

Download Wannon Water's Bushfires and your water supply brochure.

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Your water supply

Water restrictions during a bushfire 
Water restrictions do not apply if a fire is threatening your property.

Drinking water 
Wannon Water recommends you keep a supply of drinking water available throughout summer in case your water supply is interrupted. A good idea is to keep jugs of water in your fridge.

For further advice 
For information and advice on preparing your family and home for the bushfire season, it is recommended you consult the CFA.

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More information

Contacts during a bushfire:

Emergency  000 
CFA and DSE Bushfire Information  1800 240 667 
VicRoads road closure information  131 170 
Wildlife Rescue  1300 094 535 
State Emergency Services (SES)  132 500 

Information during a bushfire:

ABC Radio   774AM 
Your ABC Local Station  
ACE Radio   
  • Coast FM 
  • 3YB 
  • Mixx FM (Hamilton)
  •  Mixx FM (Portland)
  • 3HA 
CFA & DSE Bushfire Information  1800 240 667 
CFA Website   Click here 
DELWP Website   Click here 
Media outlets across the state   TV & Newspapers

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