Water

People need access to clean water for drinking and water for cooking and hygiene purposes.  Hopefully everyone is storing emergency water at home, but you may need to look after the people who aren't from your community, or those who didn't have enough.

There are water reservoirs are all around the region for those areas on reticulated town water supply, but many of these automatically seal if pipelines are damaged. Technicians must manually reopen valves, and they may take up to a week to get there, so look for other sources of water within the community right away

Coordinate community water sources for drinking, cooking and hygiene.

Arrange a place in the community where water can be distributed if needed.  Some of these places have already been identified.

Where can we find drinking water?

Some schools and community centres have large water tanks installed. If there is one in your community check to see what their plan is for using the water.

Collect rainwater.  It doesn't go too many days without raining in our region!

Treat any non-bottled water. Boil it if you can, if you can't, use bleach to treat. 

After a week, water may be available from water distribution points.  Officials may need your help with setting up those locations and transporting water people who need it.  Have you got a van or ute, or a trailer?  Are you good at connecting hoses?

More information on making water safe to drink

What water supplies should be avoided?

Local streams and open bodies of water are not reliable sources of clean water as they may be contaminated with sewage or other pollutants that make them unsafe to drink, even with treatment.

Chemical pollution and heavy metal contamination is not removed by boiling water or adding bleach.

You can use swimming pool water for washing, but don't drink it.

Do you know if the streams and waterways in your area are polluted?

How do we get water to people who are unable to leave their homes?

There will be people in you community who aren't able to walk to their nearest water distribution point and carry 20L of water back home again. How could your community get water to those people?