1 June 2017 – Mendooran (New South Wales)
Boil Water Alert
Council wishes to advise the residents of Mendooran that there are low and inconsistent chlorine levels in the town water mains.
There is concern that bacteria that may be present in the water is not being adequately
As a precaution you are advised that water used for consumption should be brought to a rolling boil.
Water should then be allowed to cool and be stored in a clean container with a lid and refrigerated.
Boiled or bottled water should be used for:
Drinking, cooking, washing uncooked foods (such as seafood or salads), making ice, personal hygiene, pets’ drinking water, washing hands, cleaning teeth, gargling, face washing of young children, washing toys and children’s utensils.
Dishes should be washed in hot soapy water or in a dishwasher. Children should take boiled or bottled water to school.
This advice should be followed until further notice.
Monitoring of the Mendooran drinking water had shown the potential risk to residents from both a health perspective and reliability of drinking water. The water quality regularly failed to meet current Australian Drinking Water Guidelines with respect to turbidity, colour, iron and manganese. The regular presence of coliforms and occasional presence of E. coli required a permanent boil alert for the drinking of town water. In addition, all households of Mendooran utilise individual septic systems for sewerage services. This relies on households maintaining their own septic systems, which has been identified as a potential risk for leakage of contaminants into the waterways…