Areas within the red borders are affected by a boil-water warning.
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TasWater says water quality in the area has been affected by floodwater following recent severe weather conditions.
Affected customers were notified by hand-delivered letters earlier today, advising them to bring their drinking water to a boil by heating the water until a continuous and rapid stream of air-bubbles is produced from the bottom of a pan or kettle.
Kettles with automatic cut-off switches are suitable, and variable temperature kettles should be set to "boil".
After heating, water must be allowed to cool before using it, and be stored in a clean, closed container for later use. Care should be taken to avoid scalding injuries.
A temporary boil-water warning remains in place at Fentonbury, Westerway and National Park, where TasWater is working to resolve water quality issues as a result of heavy rainfall leading to discoloured water and an increase in sediment.
Customers in the affected areas should boil all water used for:
- Brushing teeth
Washing and preparing food or beverages
- Preparing baby formula
- Cooking rice.
Unboiled water may be used for:
- Showering and bathing (avoid swallowing water). As a precaution babies and toddlers should be sponge-bathed to prevent them swallowing water
- Washing dishes by hand or in a dishwasher, providing dishes are air-dried before being used after washing
The Department of Health and Human Services advises that consumption of unboiled water could lead to nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, abdominal cramps and a general feeling of being
unwell. If you are concerned that you may have been affected by contaminated water please contact your doctor and advise them about the boil-water alert.
The state's chief veterinary officer has advised TasWater that there is no increased risk to animals drinking mains-supply water in towns under a Boil Water advisory.
For details on boil water procedures or for more information, visit www.taswater.com.au or phone 13 69 92.
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