If your property is in a fire-prone area it is important to consider your water supply when developing your individual fire plan.
As summer continues and the danger of fire is at its highest, Goulburn Valley Water is encouraging customers to consider alternative reliable water sources such as a large dam, irrigation channel or creek when preparing their fire plan.
The corporation’s risk and integrated systems co-ordinator Luke Haines said during a major fire the demand on a town’s water supply could be so great that it exceeded the capacity of the system.
‘‘This means that water pressure may either be reduced or some areas may even be without water.’’
Mr Haines said the reduced pressure might even impact on a resident’s ability to fight a fire.
‘‘The safest option would be to leave early and be well away from the threat. Only residents who are fully prepared should consider staying to defend their property.’’
■For further information and advice on planning and preparing for a bushfire, visit the website www.cfa.vic.gov.au