Friday, July 15, 2016

Boil your water again Westerway

TASWATER has today issued a new boil-water advisory to consumers in Westerway, Fentonbury and National Park. The water company says heavy rainfall has once again caused high levels of turbidity in the water supply, resulting in discoloured water and an increase in sediment.

"Due to the weather conditions, we are unable to provide an alternative supply at this stage," a TasWater spokesman said. "Customers should bring 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."

Customers should boil all water used for:
  • drinking
  • brushing teeth
  • washing and preparing food or beverages
  • preparing baby formula
  • making ice.

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
  • washing clothes.

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, contact your doctor and advise them about this notice.

The Chief Veterinary Officer has advised TasWater that there is no increased risk to animals drinking reticulated water in towns under a Boil Water advisory. Animals typically have access to, and consume, non-potable water from a range of other sources (puddles, watercourses, dams, toilets.)

For details on boil water procedures or for more information customers are advised to go to or call 13 69 92.

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