Saturday, October 1, 2016

Derwent Valley boil water alerts

A TEMPORARY boil-water warning for the town of Maydena was issued earlier today. This follows similar warnings being issued for the nearby locations of National Park, Westerway and Fentonbury late in the week.

TasWater is working to resolve water quality issues as a result of heavy rainfall leading to high levels of turbidity in the water supply. The company routinely monitors drinking water supply systems in the state and at present it cannot adequately treat the drinking water systems listed below to ensure they are clear of E. coli bacteria.

The following drinking water supply systems are operating with a temporary boil water alert:
  • Maydena 
  • National Park
  • Westerway
  • Fentonbury
E. coli itself is not necessarily harmful but finding it means the drinking water may be contaminated with other germs that can cause illness. Water contaminated with germs can cause vomiting, diarrhoea and stomach pains. If you are ill, see your family doctor.

Before you can safely consume drinking water from these areas, bring it to a rolling boil and let it cool before drinking or using it. Boil water until you see lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom of the saucepan or kettle. Kettles with automatic cut-off switches are also suitable. If your kettle has a variable temperature setting, set it to boil. Take care with hot water. You can store water you have boiled in a clear, closed container.

Use cooled boiled or bottled water for:
  • drinking
  • brushing teeth
  • preparing baby formula
  • washing and preparing food or drink
  • washing raw foods (such as salads)
  • making ice.
  • Children should take cooled boiled or bottled water to school.
You can use unboiled water for:
  • showering and bathing (sponge-bathe babies and toddlers to help stop them swallowing water)
  • washing dishes in hot soapy water by hand or in a dishwasher; air-dry the dishes before reusing them
  • washing clothes
  • Garden irrigation providing foods are washed with cooled boiled water prior to consumption
  • Animals can drink unboiled water, which carries no greater risk to them than the puddles, watercourses, and dams they may drink from at other times.
For more information about your drinking water and for maps of affected areas visit or call 13 69 92.

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