Chinchilla Residents are Being Urged to Boil Tap Water before Drinking

Quality issue


25 February 2018

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Western Downs Regional Council is urging Chinchilla residents to boil tap water before drinking it due to a water quality issue precautions should be under-taken until further notice.

Residents will be kept informed of the situation, and will be notified when the boil water alert is no longer in place.

 

CORRECT PROCEDURE FOR WATER CONSUMPTION:

 

  • Bring water to a rolling boil for 1 minute
  • Cool water and store in a clean, closed container in the fridge

 

Special care should be taken by certain individuals. These include people with severely compromised immune systems (the immunosuppressed), individuals receiving dialysis treatment and aged individuals.

Children should take bottled or cooled boiled water to school/child care.

 

Cooled boiled or bottled water should be used for:

  • Drinking
  • Cooking
  • 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

 

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

 

Residents will be kept informed of the situation, and will be notified when the boil water alert is no longer in place.

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