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DHHS: Temporary Boil Water Alerts -Update

July 19, 2016
Public Health

Tas dhsThe Tasmanian Water and Sewerage Corporation (TasWater) routinely monitors drinking water supply systems in the state.

At present, TasWater cannot adequately treat the drinking water systems listed below to ensure they are clear of E. coli bacteria.

Therefore, these drinking water supply systems are operating with a temporary boil water alert:

  • Colebrook
  • National Park (including National Park, Westerway and 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 GP.

Before you can safely consume drinking water from these areas, you must bring it to a rolling boil and let it cool before drinking or using it.

Boil water until you see lots of air-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.

Click here to be directed to the DHHS public health alerts page for full update