Getting Started Bushfire Water Supply and Utilities
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During major bush fire events, the preparedness of a development and its occupants may be seriously jeopardized with the loss of basic services (particularly water and electricity).
As part of the development consent process for new development it may be necessary to specify the provision of certain services.
Adequate water supply is critical for any fire fighting operation, particularly where property protection is envisaged. The amount of water to be supplied may vary with differing geographical and topographical conditions.
In addition, significantly increased densities may draw upon existing water supplies which, if not supplemented, may prove inadequate in the face of a major bush fire event.
This requires careful consideration at the subdivision stage to ensure adequate water will be available.
In addition to this, gas and electricity should be located so as not to contribute to the risk of fire or impede the fire fighting effort.