Boil Water Alert - Dirranbandi - 21 October 2022
Boil Water Alert - Dirranbandi
E.coli has been found in the Dirranbandi water supply. Council has identified and rectified the cause, however to ensure public safety a BOIL WATER ALERT has been issued for Dirranbandi. Boil water alerts are issued when residents are considered to be at risk of exposure to a contaminated water source. In the case of a boil water alert a public notification will be issued to provide advice to take precaution when accessing the public water supply.
To ensure the safe consumption of water, see the suggested safety measures below:
Water for consumption should be brought to a rolling boil for 1 minute. Kettles with automatic cut-off switches are suitable and variable temperature kettles should be set to boil. Water should then be allowed to cool and stored in a clean, closed container and refrigerated. Care should be taken to avoid scalding injuries.
Cooled boiled or bottled water should be used for:
- Washing and preparing food or beverages (such as seafood or salads)
- Post mix soft drink systems
- Coffee machines
- Making ice
- Preparing baby formula
- Brushing teeth
- Bathing babies and toddlers
- Other potable water uses
Children should take bottled or cooled boiled water to school/child care.
Special care is advisable for certain customers at this time; these include people with severely compromised immune systems (the immunosuppressed), individuals receiving dialysis treatment and aged individuals.
Unboiled water may be used for:
- Showering and bathing (avoid swallowing water)
- Washing dishes in hot soapy water by hand or in a dishwasher, providing dishes are air-dried before being used after washing
- Garden irrigation, providing foods are washed with cooled boiled water prior to consumption
- Animals drinking water; unboiled water carries no greater risk to them than the typical water they have access to (puddles, watercourses, dams etc.)
- Washing clothes
- Flushing toilets