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Bushfires and your water supply

With the onset of fire restrictions across the State, Central Highlands Water urge customers to carefully consider their homes water supply, when planning for bushfires, because they may not be able to solely rely on mains water.

Central Highlands Water Managing Director, Paul O’Donohue said, "Even though we have extensive measures in place to maintain drinking water supply, high demand by fire services during a major fire event can put our supply system under extreme pressure.”

"In addition, extreme conditions may prevent our people from entering a bushfire zone to manage infrastructure, preventing us from maintaining regular services.”

“We advise our customers use the CFA website cfa.vic.gov.au for more information and advice about bushfire preparation”, said Mr O’Donohue.

If there is a serious bushfire in your area, it could affect the quality of your drinking water. During and after a bushfire Central Highlands Water recommend you boil your drinking water until notified.

For details about bushfires visit the website emergency.vic.gov.au.