Hydrants to be installed in 15 suburbs in Perth Hills
Part of State Government's $12.5 million, five-year program to install 2,900 extra hydrants across WA
Fifteen suburbs across the Perth Hills area will benefit from 177 new fire hydrants to be installed by the Water Corporation from this month.
Water Minister Mia Davies said Orange Grove, Bickley, Walliston, Pickering Brook, Lesmurdie, Kalamunda, Gooseberry Hill, Carmel, Wooroloo, Boya, Helena Valley, Swan View, Mount Nasura, Jarrahdale and Byford will all receive new hydrants.
The hydrants formed part of the State Government's $12.5 million, five-year program to install 2,900 extra hydrants across Western Australia.
"About 1,100 fire hydrants have been installed since the five-year program began in 2015, in both the metropolitan and regional areas," Ms Davies said.
The corporation will also begin work later this month to install 395 new hydrants in 26 regional towns across WA.
"The corporation has consulted with local government authorities, Main Roads WA and the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) to determine locations for the new fire hydrants," the Minister said.
"Community advice was also crucial to ensure the best possible locations were chosen, and I thank community members who helped."
Ms Davies reminded people living in high bushfire risk areas that they should still have an independent water supply if they choose to stay and actively defend their home during a bushfire.
"While the corporation will do all it can to maintain scheme water during a bushfire, damaged infrastructure or a cut to power may result in a total loss of public water supplies," she said.
For more information about the program, visit http://www.watercorporation.com.au/fire-hydrant-infill-program
Following a review of the 70,000 fire hydrants across the State, the corporation and DFES found gaps in the network and identified extra fire hydrants were needed
New hydrants will ensure the fire hydrant system meets the corporation and DFES standards
For more information about preparing your home for a bushfire, including an independent water supply, visit http://www.areyouready.wa.gov.au