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Service Continuance

Water Tanks

Following a severe weather event, when communities are cut off from services, forward planning can ensure you can continue to live in your house. The key is that it’s liveable and self-sustainable after an event in case there are delays to services and you can live off-grid until help arrives.

There are steps that you can take prior to an event, to ensure you can keep going post weather event to make your water, sewage, electricity, and gas supplies safe and continuous.

Tank Usage

A two galvanized tank system, like the one featured in Resilience Road, is a smart way of using water to keep you safe. In this system, the first tank is designated as a back-up source of drinking water on which the family can rely if they’re disconnected from the main water source.

Meanwhile, the second tank is dedicated to fighting fire and can be used to extinguish flames on site. Tank materials will matter too. Exposed PVC pipes and fittings will melt in a bushfire, so metal valves and pipe fittings should be used for all above ground applications.

Other steps you can take now to prepare for any future weather events are:

  • Add an electric generator or a battery and inverter for your solar panels
  • Consider non-return valves to prevent reverse flow

Post Event

Ensure your electricity supply is disconnected from buildings that have been severely damaged and contact your electricity company. If you smell gas, turn off the gas at your meter. If the problem persists, contact your gas supplier immediately so the issue can be carefully taken care of.

Engage a licensed electrician to certify the safety of your home’s internal wiring, fittings and appliances in properties that have been partially damaged. It is recommended homeowners do this in conjunction with their insurance company.

Phone your local council to find out what needs to be done to stop sewage odours and to prevent stormwater entering open sanitary drains. You can also phone your local council for advice should you need information to help fix water supply problems.

The State Emergency Service (SES), Fire and Rescue and Police will attempt to eliminate obvious hazards for general safety in the wake of a weather event. However, you are responsible for ensuring your property is safe before undertaking any activity in or around buildings.

The information is intended to be of a general nature only. We do not accept any responsibility for any loss incurred as a result of reliance upon it – please make your own enquiries.

Water Tanks

AUTHOR:

Suncorp

DATE: 

April 7, 2022

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