MUNGINDI residents who use the town water source are being urged to boil the liquid before consuming it.
Moree Plains Shire Council sent out an urgent alert on Wednesday morning so locals didn't consume unsafe water.
The council spokesperson said because the potable water supply came from the Barwon River, current conditions were "causing problems with water treatment, making drinking water in the Mungindi potable water supply unsafe for drinking".
"Urgent maintenance works are currently being undertaken at the Mungindi Water Treatment Plant to rectify the treatment of the water," the spokesperson 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."
The spokesperson said bottled water or cool boiled water should then be used for "drinking, washing uncooked food, making ice, cleaning teeth, gargling and pet's drinking water".
"Dishes should be washed in hot soapy water or in a dishwasher," the spokesperson said.
"Children should be provided with bottled water or cool boiled water at school.
"Moree Plains Shire Council is working to urgently fix the problem. This advice should be followed until further notice."
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