South East Water will provide emergency water relief on behalf of the Victorian water industry to residents without drinking and domestic water supply, due to tank contamination as a result of bushfires in north-east Victoria and East Gippsland.

South East Water will be a ‘one-stop-shop’ as the initial contact point for bushfire-affected residents, as well as coordinating the delivery of water across affected areas.

Eligible permanent residents in the declared bushfire-affected areas of East Gippsland and some parts of the Wellington Shire will be provided a tank water flush and top-up of 5,000 litres.

“We want to make sure that those affected by bushfire have practical support when it comes to drinking water from a tank,” Minister for Water, Lisa Neville, said.

“This is part of our coordinated response to ensure the communities can access relief as quickly as possible.”
All Victorians who may be threatened by bushfire are reminded to reduce the risk of contamination to water tanks by disconnecting the downpipe and covering the tank, if it is safe to do so.

Anyone seeking emergency water assistance from the bushfire-affected areas should contact South East Water on 131 851.

Charlotte Pordage is Editor of Utility magazine, a position she has held since November 2018. She joined the team as an Associate Editor in October 2017, after sharpening her writing and editing skills across a range of print and digital publications. Charlotte graduated from Royal Holloway, University of London, in 2011 with joint honours in English and Latin. When she's not putting together Australia's only dedicated utility magazine, she can usually be found riding her horse or curled up with a good book.

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