Boil Water Alert Risdon Vale

E.Coli present in local water

31 October 2017

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TasWater continue to advise consumers in Risdon Vale that they should boil their drinking water until further notice.

This advice has been issued following routine water sampling which indicates irregularities in the quality of the
water supply involving the presence of E. coli.

TasWater have alerted their customers to the process of treating any water for drinking, brushing teeth, washing and preparing food or beverages, preparing baby formula and making ice.
They say you should bring water to a boil by heating the water until a continuous and rapid stream of air‐bubbles is
produced from the bottom of a pan or kettle. Kettles with automatic cut‐off switches are suitable and variable
temperature kettles should be set to boil. After heating, water must be allowed to cool before using it and can be
stored in a clean, closed container for later use.
TasWater have also pointed out that unboiled water is suitable for showering and bathing (avoid swallowing water).
As a precaution babies and toddlers should be spongebathed to prevent them swallowing water.
Unboiled is also suitable for washing dishes by hand or in a dishwasher, providing dishes are air‐dried before being used after washing and for washing clothes.

The Department of Health and Human Services advises that consumption of unboiled water could lead to nausea,
vomiting, diarrhoea, abdominal cramps and a general feeling of being unwell. 

If you are concerned that you may have been affected by contaminated water please contact your GP and advise them about this notice.

The State Chief Veterinary Officer has advised TasWater that there is not an increased risk to animals drinking
reticulated water in towns under a Boil Water Alert. Animals typically have access to, and consume, non‐potable
water from a range of other sources (puddles, watercourses, dams, toilets.).

TasWater say they are working closely with the Department of Health and Human Services to identify conditions that will
enable the boil water alert to be lifted and the alert will be in effect until TasWater and the Department of Health and Human Services are confident that there is no longer a public health concern.

Any health concerns can be reported to the Department of Health and Human Services on 1800 671 738 and you can stay up to date via the TasWater website 

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