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Proserpine residents are exempt from a boil water Emergency Advice Alert which was delivered to residents in the Whitsunday region yesterday.
As the water supply in Proserpine was only off for a short time, there was no time for sediment to build up in the pipes, so the water is clean and safe to drink.
If residents in any part of the region never lost the water supply, they will not need to boil their water before drinking.
For all residents in Airlie Beach, Bowen and Cannonvale, Whitsunday Regional Council advises to boil the water before drinking for 3 minutes and then cool in a clean container.
Whitsunday Regional Council will continue to monitor the situation and is working closely with Queensland Health until the system is completely restored to normal and we are confident there is not a public health concern.
It is estimated ‘return to normal’ status will be within a few days. Until that time residents are advised to follow the precautions. Regular updates will be provided to affected communities.Consuming unboiled drinking water could lead to illness, especially for vulnerable people (e.g. those who are very young, elderly or immune compromised).
If you are concerned about your health contact 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84), your local doctor or local hospital and advise them of your concerns.
To hear the latest up-to-date information and official advice, listen to your local radio stations and follow the Whitsunday Disaster & Emergency Facebook page here - https://www.facebook.com/WhitsundayDisasterandEmergencyInformation/
Important phone numbers:
If you have a life threatening emergency, please call 000 immediately.
If you require SES assistance, please call 132 500. The SES’s priority after the event will be providing access to residents (eg. Clearing trees from driveways etc.)
If you need to contact the Whitsunday Disaster Coordination Centre, please call 1300 972 006 and provide information as requested by the telephone operator.
Red Cross has now opened Register.Find.Reunite. and is urging people that may be affected by Cyclone Debbie to get in touch with their families and friends. Please visit www.redcross.org.au to register, or look for someone.