Permanent boil water alerts
The Tasmanian Water and Sewerage Corporation (TasWater) routinely monitors drinking water supply systems in the state.
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 permanent boil water alert:
- Epping Forrest
- Lady Barron
- Mole Creek
- Mountain River
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.
Use cooled boiled or bottled water for:
- 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 visit www.taswater.com.au or call 13 6992.