Department advises self suppliers to prepare for summer
Released 15 Nov 2010
A self supplier is a person not served by the scheme water system and obtains their own supply from rainfall tanks, bores or dams.
Department of Water Director Water Resource Use Rob Hammond said the low winter rainfall had left many self suppliers in a position where they would need to manage their water supplies for both domestic and livestock uses.
"Changes in rainfall patterns have resulted in extremely low rainfall run-off into water tanks, catchments and reduced groundwater recharge," Mr Hammond said.
"Streamflow in many areas has been significantly reduced and users reliant on streams for stock and domestic water need to be aware of this," he said.
"We also want people to understand the cause of the problem, self-regulate demand, and take a conservative approach to the use of water and share available water resources within the community to ensure equity in distribution."
Mr Hammond said the department was endeavouring to make contact with communities which may be more directly affected than others.
Some simple things that self supply users might wish to consider are:
- Do you have enough closed storage?
- Have you made arrangements with carters?
- Have you got a current fire plan?
- Have you prepared a destocking prioritisation plan
If self suppliers are unsure of their situation or steps to take, they can contact Martin Revell at the Department of Water on (08) 9690 2621 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact: Peter Collins
Phone: (08) 6364 6848