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Bushfire update

3 January 2020

3pm: We are urging residents within our fire affected communities to conserve water supplies. Usage is now exceeding the capacity of some of our treatment plants. Please do not leave sprinklers unattended, especially if you are evacuating the area.

We understand that people are concerned about the fire conditions forecast for tomorrow, but please be mindful that our plants are running at full capacity and if consumption doesn’t reduce, water pressure may drop or the supply may stop altogether before any fire front arrives.

12pm: All our water treatment plants in Upper Murray towns effected by bushfire have been inspected and repaired. They are now operating and powered by generators until electricity is restored to the region.

We have been preparing our people, treatment plants and systems ahead extreme conditions expected on Saturday (4 Jan), with a particular focus on the Alpine region including Harrietville, Bright, Freeburgh, Wandiligong and Porepunkah. This preparation may mean that our normal administrative services may be impacted and we apologise for any inconvenience.

If there is a bushfire, please be aware, we may not be able to maintain the water supply or water pressure. If there is an extreme increase in demand for water from residents and the CFA, water pressure may drop or the supply may stop altogether. Please be mindful of using mains water before a fire front arrives.

We ask you to consider an independent water supply. The CFA recommends a minimum of 10,000 litres with a non-electric pump to protect your home. We also advise keeping a supply of drinking water in your fridge in preparation (three litres of water per person, per day is recommended).