National good practice operational guidelines for bushfire management for the Australian water industry
The devastating fires in Australia over the 2019-2020 period highlighted the need for the water industry to have practical guidance ready at hand for the management of drinking water supplies during such events.
Over 12 million hectares of bush was burnt across the Australian landscape, and vast areas of drinking water catchments in NSW and Victoria were impacted. This was exacerbated by record-breaking temperatures, severe drought and high winds.
The intent of this Guideline is to utilise the current knowledge and experience in the industry to provide practical guidance across the water sector on bushfire and water quality management. The Guideline aims to provide support to planning and operational staff within a water utility so that they can plan, respond and recover from a bushfire emergency based on sound practical experience.
The Guideline is underpinned by a number of practical case studies from water utilities around Australia.
Water Services Association of Australia and Arran Canning, WaterFutures
Bushfire management: National good practice operational guidelines for the Australian water industry