177 Fire Hydrants To Be Installed Across Perth’s East

177 Fire Hydrants To Be Installed Across Perth’s East

Western Australia Minister for Water Dave Kelly

Perth’s East Gets 177 Fire Hydrants To Fight Bushfires

Victor P Taffa

  • 177 fire hydrants installed across Perth’s east
  • Part of a broader $12.5 Million program to install 2,900 extra hydrants across Western Australia

Suburbs in Perth’s east have received an extra 177 fire hydrants as part of a five-year, $12.5 Million State-wide fire hydrant program.

“About 2,000 new fire hydrants have now been installed since the program began, in both metropolitan and regional areas.” Minister for Water Dave Kelly said.

“Installation of these hydrants is a reminder for residents that during a bushfire, if you choose to stay and defend your home you must have an independent water supply.”

Additional fire hydrants were installed over 5 months in

  • Bellevue,
  • Forrestfield,
  • Greenmount,
  • High Wycombe,
  • Maida Vale,
  • Midvale,
  • Mount Richon,
  • Mundijong,
  • Serpentine,
  • Wattle Grove,
  • Wungong.

Dwellingup also received an extra 11 fire hydrants as part of the program.

Water Corporation, in consultation with the Department of Fire and Emergency Services, Main Roads WA and local government authorities, determined the best locations for the new fire hydrants.

“While the Water Corporation will do all it can to maintain scheme water supply during a bushfire, damaged water infrastructure or a cut to power may result in a total loss of public water supply during the bushfire.” Mr. Kelly said.

When installing these extra hydrants, the Water Corporation used a technology known as ‘live tapping’ so this work could be carried out without disrupting water supply to nearby homes.