June 6, 2016

Do you need a fire water reserve to comply with your council’s planning scheme?

With the continuing devastation caused by bush fires throughout Victoria, the need for static water storage is constantly increasing. Especially for new homes being constructed in areas which are considered at a higher risk of being exposed to wild fire. However, a lot of consumers are still uncertain and confused about what is actually required when storing static water on their property for CFA purposes.

These requirements will usually be provided within your building permit from your local council and can sometimes vary depending on your location and size of your property.

If you are building in an area that has a Bush fire Management Overlay you may be required to have a dedicated fire water reserve in a material that does not burn if exposed to fire, such as steel.

Council building permits will state that a static water supply must be permanently set aside on each lot or a shared resource on common property for fire fighting at the minimum of 5,000 or 10,000 litre capacity level per lot and CFA Fittings must be provided for each supply.

CFA tanks must be solely used for firefighting purposes only. If you wish to use your tank for garden or domestic use, you must purchase a larger capacity water tank and always leave a minimum specified capacity in the tank.

At Auzzie Wrinkly Tin Tanks we specialise in CFA approved, bush fire safe, Corrugated steel and Stainless Steel water tanks.

If you are unsure of the CFA requirements, please contact us with your building permit details and we can assist you with what fittings you require to comply with your bushfire attack rating (BAL). 

We recently delivered two 31,000 litre Stainless Steel Water Tanks to a small town just outside of Korumburra, Victoria.
This customer had requirements they had to meet in order  for the CFA to deem their property safe to reside in.
Each tank was fitted with a 65mm. minimum Bore CFA Outlet with a 64mm Coupling and 63mm three thread in order to meet these requirements. 20160420_052304 (2)