Bushfire-prone residents urged to secure water supplies

Bushfire-prone residents urged to secure water supplies

20 November 2013

published by www.abc.net.au

Australia — The Water Corporation is urging residents in bushfire-prone areas to secure their own water supplies to defend their properties during the bushfire season.

The corporation’s John Janssen says the utility will do all it can to maintain a public supplies but emergencies can sometimes damage infrastructure, cutting the water flow.

He says residents need their own supply.

“Individuals having their own capability to fight the fire in and around their property really does provide them with the best opportunity to make sure that they’re able to protect their home,” he said.

“A lot of farms have mobile tanks that they can draw behind their utes, four wheel drives or tractors with pumps so that they can actually go and attack the fire at the part of the property that is affected.

“For a small landowner and household, it’s probably having a very secure non-plastic tank and the ability to access petrol-driven firefighting pumps to make sure that they can get water out when they need it.

Mr Janssen says having an independent water supply is just part of the preparation for fire season.

“Along with fire breaks, building protection zones around your property, making sure your fuel loads are down at the right level, so you really give yourself and your property the best chance of surviving a fire during summer,” he said.

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