Electricity, gas, phone and water outages
Know what to do to during an electricity, gas, internet, phone or water outage or emergency.
Is your power out?
Search for current outages on the SA Power Network website.
Reporting major electricity incidents
For life-threatening situations where there is a risk of an electric shock:
Life-threatening situations include:
- fallen, low hanging or damaged powerlines
- vehicle collision with a stobie pole or powerline
- experiencing shocks or tingles from household taps.
Reporting general electricity outages and faults
Before making a report:
- check the safety to see if the outage is only affecting your home
How to check your switchboard - SA Power Networks video
- check current outages to find out if others around you are affected
View current power outages - SA Power Networks
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Is your gas out?
- Check for current supply outages on the Australian Gas Networks website.
- Check your mailbox or front porch for a notification card from Australian Gas Networks or from APA Group This card will tell you what's caused your outage and will provide you instructions on next steps.
- If you can't find a notification card, contact the Gas Supply Faults hotline on 1800 898 220.
Reporting major gas incidents
For life-threatening situations (including gas leaks or explosions) in public places:
- call Triple Zero (000) and ask for fire
- phone Australian Gas Networks on 1800 GAS LEAK (1800 427 532).
Phone and internet
To be prepared for a major disaster make sure you have a:
- charged mobile phone, with a portable power bank as an alternative
- wind-up or battery powered radio
- cable which can charge your mobile phone from your car.
Making phone calls during a disaster
During an emergency, more people than usual are trying to use their phones. This can lead to network congestion. To help free up space on the network:
- Only call Triple Zero (000) in life-threatening situations.
- Do not call Triple Zero (000) for information.
- Resist using your mobile phone to watch streaming videos, download music or videos or play online games.
- Conserve your mobile phone battery for essential use by reducing the brightness of your screen, placing the phone in airplane mode, switching off 'push' mail and notifications, and closing background apps you are not using.
- Limit the number and duration of mobile phone calls and SMS messages..
National Broadband Network (NBN)
Landline phones and internet services connected via the NBN that require mains electricity will not work during a power outage unless a battery back-up option is available.
If you require a safety critical device such as a medical alarm, fire alarm or lift emergency phone to work during a power outage, speak to the supplier of that device about the best solution.
Mobile and internet outages
If your broadband isn’t working, it might be because of an unexpected outage on the network in your area, or it might be disruption due to maintenance.
Check if there's an outage in your area:
Water and sewerage
Is your water out?
Search for current outages on the SA Water website.
Reporting incidents or faults
Before making a report, check for current work and faults.
For major water incidents or faults (including leaks), and sewer blockages in SA Water pipes - phone SA Water on 1300 729 283.
The SA water has information on what to do with leaks and sewer blockages on your property: