Southern Water would like to remind customers to avoid all non-essential water use tomorrow (Saturday 8 December) due to the forecast extreme weather conditions which have led to a Total Fire Ban being declared for southern Tasmania.

During this dangerous period, it is critical that enough water is available for fire fighting and protecting properties. It is important that everyone plays their part to conserve water supplies by avoiding all non-essential water use during the period of the ban, which is in place until midnight on Saturday.

Southern Water Executive Manager Service Delivery, Ian Dunbabin, said that on Total Fire Ban days customers should: Turn off all sprinkler systems, including automatic sprinkler systems. Use hoses sparingly. Where possible, restrict hose use to essential purposes such as fire prevention or mitigation. Use a bucket if it is necessary to water plants, clean windows, or wash driveways.

“On days such as today when there are dangerous fire conditions forecast we ask all of our customers to think about their water usage to ensure that the Tasmania Fire Service has the resources they need in the event of a fire,” Mr Dunbabin said.

“Customers are not asked to forego water for essential purposes, but we do ask that things like watering gardens or lawns be deferred until the Total Fire Ban is removed.”
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