Government Warns Melbourne's Water Supply At Risk
Much-needed rain to help Victoria's bushfire battle could also pose a threat to Melbourne's major drinking water source.
The state government on Tuesday said it has an order for desalinated water on
Authorities are concerned fire will enter the catchment of the dam. Subsequent rain would then wash bushfire-contaminated debris into the reservoir, Water Minister Lisa Neville warned.
"Our concern right now, ironically,
If that happens, drinking water could be taken from the bottom of the dam, not the top, she added.
The reservoir is at a 56 per cent capacity, and Ms Neville flagged a "substantial order" from the desalination plant may be needed in 2019.
On the fire front, increasing winds on Tuesday could re-ignite
A watch-and-act message has been issued for people in Grantville in the state's southeast, as fire crews prepare for gusty conditions.
Crews are on watch after lightning sparked multiple fires and
In the 24 hours to
"We fully anticipate that additional fires will start during the next few days as a direct result of the lightning," Forest Fire Management Victoria assistant chief officer Aaron Kennedy said.
"Our fire detection towers will be operating for extended hours because of the increased threat."