TAMBAR SPRINGS residents are being warned that E. coli has been detected in a drinking water sample collected at Tambar Springs on February 28.
Gunnedah Shire Council (GSC) in conjunction with the NSW Department of Health is issuing a precautionary boiled water alert for the area.
E. coli in drinking water shows that the water may be contaminated with faeces and organisms that may cause gastrointestinal illness.
GSC’s water services manager Kevin Sheridan said immediate action is being taken by working with the NSW Department of Health to correct the situation.
“We are asking residents and businesses in the Tambar Springs village area, as a precautionary measure, to boil their water,” Mr Sheridan said.
“Water used for drinking or food preparation should be brought to a rolling boil to make it safe. Kettles with automatic shut off switches can do this. Water should then be allowed to cool and stored in a clean container with a lid and refrigerated.
“Bottled water or cool boiled water should be used for drinking, washing uncooked food (e.g. salad vegetables and fruit), making ice, cleaning teeth, gargling and pet’s drinking water. Dishes should be washed in hot soapy water or in a dishwasher. Children should take bottled water or cool boiled water to school.
“GSC is asking the community to adhere to advice until further notice.”
For any enquiries contact GSC’s water services manager Kevin Sheridan on (02) 6740 2100 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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