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31 March, 2017 8:16 AM

Boil Water Alert for Whitsunday Residents – DO NOT drink water from tap

As a precaution you are advised DO NOT drink the water if you live in the Airlie Beach or Cannonvale area if at all possible. If you have no other source of water, like bottled water or tank water, the water for consumption should be brought to a rolling boil for about 3 minutes. Water should then be allowed to cool and stored in a clean container with a lid.

Cooled boiled or bottled water should be used for:

• Drinking, cooking, washing raw foods (such as seafood or salads), making ice, pet’s drinking water, cleaning teeth and washing babies.
The tap water (not boiled) is considered to be safe for the following activities:
• Showering and bathing children other than infants (minimise water in the mouth)
• Washing dishes, provided dishes are air-dried
• Washing clothes, may cause discoloration of clothes so avoid its use if possible
• Other non – consumable activities, including flushing toilets

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 no longer 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.

Residents are urged to share this alert with neighbours and friends.

For more information phone Whitsunday Regional Council on 4945 0200.

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.

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