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TasWater playing its part during a crisis

AS uncontrolled fires burnt through parts of Tasmania at the beginning of the year, TasWater employees and infrastructure helped in responding to the blazes.

“During the fires in Geeveston, our biggest fears were power outages and water shortages,” TasWater Huon area coordinator Wayne Duggan, pictured, said.

“We brought generators on site into Dover, Glen Huon and Franklin as a precautionary measure in case power poles were damaged by fire.

“Keeping our plants going was critical for the Tasmania Fire Service to keep fighting the fires, with the plants already running at capacity during that time.

“TasWater also supplied bottled water to a number of different organisations in fire affected areas, as well as a water trailer to those in need.”

During the fire period, water usage went up four times the usual amount.

“When Geeveston residents and people in other areas affected by fires were told to evacuate, they often left sprinklers and hoses on in a bid to protect their homes,” Mr Duggan said.

“We understand their fears and why they did it, but it did affect the amount of water available to others and hindered the fire-fighting process.

“We had crews in that area after-hours and during the day monitoring infrastructure and door knocking, asking the community members to turn off hoses for water conservation.

“It was a joint effort between TasWater, the Tasmania Fire Service and the community to get through such a critical time.”