TasWater is again asking Tasmanians to avoid non-essential water use during Total Fire Ban days and while bushfires are threatening communities across the state.
“Our systems are working at full capacity but people on a reticulated supply really need to reassess how they are using water,” TasWater’s Mark McConnon said.
“We understand people want to protect their properties but we would encourage everyone to make sure they use water efficiently and do not exceed what is identified in their personal bushfire plan.
“Fire conditions are expected to continue over this week and it is critical we have water available for the Tasmania Fire Service and residents defending their homes from fire.”
The Tasmania Fire Service advises property owners to consider alternative water sources as mains water may not be available at times of fire. TasWater encourages everyone to heed this advice and seek out information from www.fire.tas.gov.au when preparing a personal bushfire plan.
“Our treatment plants and pipelines are also at risk in areas of fire activity and while we do everything we can to prepare for such emergencies, we cannot guarantee our facilities will not be affected,” Mr McConnon said.
“We also ask people in areas not under threat from fires to conserve water during a Total Fire Ban. This helps us if we need to provide water for firefighters or cart water to nearby communities.”
Residents in areas at risk of fire may notice lower water pressure due to extra demand. It is unlikely TasWater can improve pressure or flow while demand remains high.
Anyone evacuating their homes should turn off taps or hoses before leaving to ensure water is available to firefighters and neighbours protecting homes.
On total fire ban days, Tasmanians are encouraged to reduce their water use by:
• Turning off all sprinkler systems, including automatic sprinkler systems.
• Where possible, restricting hose use to essential purposes such as firefighting or prevention.
• Rescheduling chores that require water, such as watering plants, washing windows or vehicles, to a day that isn’t a Total Fire Ban. More information on conserving water during a Total Fire Ban here: www.taswater.com.au/fireban