Bushfires and your water supply


Parts of our service region have been identified as high risk fire danger areas by the Country Fire Authority (CFA).

South East Water is prepared for bushfires and enacts a number of plans on days of high risk or total fire ban to help keep the water supply system operational. However, in the event of a bushfire, we can’t guarantee your water pressure or your water supply.

This could be due to:

  • electrical failure affecting the pumps that allow us to deliver water
  • fire trucks drawing water from the system
  • a burst water main
  • vital infrastructure being damaged by fire.

Independent water supplies

When making your fire plan, we recommend you be prepared with a water supply independent to mains water.

For advice on preparing for a bushfire with an independent water supply, visit www.cfa.vic.gov.au/plan-prepare/before-and-during-a-fire/

Bushfire warnings and emergencies

In the event of an emergency or bushfire, call 000.

VicEmergency publishes fire warnings, incidents and emergency updates via its website, smartphone app, Facebook and Twitter pages.

You can also tune your radio to ABC local 774 for emergency information, or call the Victorian bushfire information line on 1800 226 226.