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WA Water Corporation is reminding its customers living in or near bushland not to assume they will have a water supply if they choose to stay and defend their homes during a bushfire.

Bushfire season in the southwest corner of Western Australia starts in November and continues through to April.

Water Corporation Perth Regional Manager Steve Dorricott said it was important to understand that water supplies could not be guaranteed during a bushfire.

“We will always do all that we possibly can to maintain supply but achieving that should be a bonus for property protection efforts rather than something that is to be relied upon,” Mr Dorricott said.

“If you choose to stay and actively defend your home you need to fully assess and plan your water supply needs, independent of public water supplies.

“Fire damaged infrastructure or a cut to power can both result in a total loss of water.”

The Water Corporation has made its own preparations for bushfire season by readying equipment and systems to cope with extreme conditions. Despite these efforts, it is likely there will be a reduction in water pressure, and public water supply tanks may run empty in the event of bushfire.

Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) and local councils have a wealth of information available to assist with bushfire preparations and residents are encouraged to contact them should they require assistance or advice.

Information is also available online on the DFES website www.dfes.wa.gov.au.

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