Water available to support bushfire plans
Released 03 Dec 2013
The Department of Water reminds people with groundwater bores and access to surface water in at risk bushfire areas that they can access and store water to support bushfire plans.
Regional Director Liz Western said water users would not be penalised for storing water from streams or bores to support their bushfire plan.
"Water licensees and also users with unlicensed bore and riparian rights to stock and domestic water can prepare for a bushfire by taking and storing water as part of their bushfire emergency plan," she said.
"In terms of licensed water users we recommend you keep a record of the amount of water taken to support your fire plan and that you use it for emergency fire situation only."
Ms Western said the Water Corporation had recently notified users in or near bushland that they could not expect to rely on scheme water during bushfire emergencies.
"In those instances water from bores, dams, tanks and streams can be accessed for emergency firefighting without causing penalties."
Ms Western said landholders factoring water availability in a fire plan needed to make sure water was accessible and address other issues such as emergency power to run bores and pumps.
"Landholders also needed to be aware that bores and dams can also be called upon by Department of Fire and Emergency Services and Department of Parks and Wildlife during bushfire emergencies.
"We encourage landholders to ensure whoever is fighting the fire has access to draw points when needed.
"The government through its network of emergency dams and bores has an established network of emergency supplies in regional areas that are known to local government and fire brigades and can be used for firefighting."
Contact: Peter Collins
Phone: (08) 6364 6848 / 0434 603 441