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Are you ready for bushfire season?

Water Minister Dave Kelly has reminded residents in bushfire prone areas to consider their water supply in preparation for the bushfire season.

While the Water Corporation is ready for the coming bushfire season and will do everything to maintain scheme water supplies for as long as possible during a bushfire, it cannot be guaranteed.

During a bushfire, the infrastructure that delivers scheme water to properties can be damaged and if there is a power failure this will also result in a total loss of water. High demand during a bushfire can also lead to a drop in water pressure and water supply tanks can quickly empty.

People with groundwater bores and access to surface water in bushfire prone areas are reminded they can take and store water to support their bushfire plans, and if they ensure it is used for emergency fire situations it will not count as part of their annual entitlement.

Mr Kelly today discussed the importance of bushfire preparedness during an inspection of the Water Corporation’s new purpose-built incident response facility in Canning Vale.

For the first time, the Water Corporation also has a dedicated incident support van that can be deployed at short notice to bushfires and other incidents to support emergency services and the community.

For the latest community warnings and information on how to prepare for bushfires, visit http://www.emergency.wa.gov.au