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Floods can cause major problems for our water and sewer systems.

Impact on water supplies

Flood events may impact on water supplies if a treatment plant draws water from a river or creek. Run-off of soils and silts may restrict the capacity of the plant to treat the raw water which may impact on the quantity and quality of supply.

We will communicate with customers and the wider community through this website as well as traditional media and social media during such an event.

Impact on sewer systems

During flood events sewer systems can be inundated by storm water. These systems are not designed for such inflows as their primary purpose is to carry sewage from customer’s homes to treatment plants.

When systems are inundated by stormwater it can lead to sewage overflows into the environment. This reinforces the SES message to never drive, walk or cycle through flood waters.

What you can do to prepare for a flood

For detailed information on preparing your home or business for flood visit the SES Floodsafe page.