2018 October: Logan City (Qld) – E.coli

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Logan residents no longer need to boil water, says council

October 18 2018

https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/queensland/logan-residents-no-longer-need-to-boil-water-after-bacteria-found-in-water-supply-20181018-p50al7.html

Logan City Council has advised residents they no longer need to boil their drinking water.

On Friday, more than 2000 Logan residents were advised to boil their tap water or use bottled water after the detection of the potentially harmful E. coli bacteria.

On Sunday the council advised the boil water notice had been lifted for residents of Cedar Vale, Woodhill, Veresdale and Veresdale Scrub.

“Results of drinking water tests have complied with the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines and Queensland Government Public Health Regulations, and is safe to drink and use for normal purposes,” a statement from the council said.

Residents were advised to flush all water-using fixtures for one minute, drain and flush any ice-making machine and change pre-treatment filters.

EARLIER: More than 2000 Logan residents have been warned to boil their drinking water after E. coli was detected in their council water supply.

Residents in the rural Logan suburbs of Cedar Grove, Cedar Vale and Woodhill have been advised to either boil their tap water or use bottled water after the detection of the potentially harmful bacteria.

“Council is working closely with Queensland Health to resolve the situation and we are performing additional testing until we resolve the situation,” a Logan City Council spokesman said.

“This may take up to two days.

“This precautionary boil water notice will stay in effect until the Logan City Council and Queensland Health are confident there is no public health concern.”

The spokesman said the warning would apply “until further notice”, as the council undertook action such as the flushing of mains pipes.

“Regular updates will be provided to affected residents,” the spokesman said.

Cooled boiled water should be used for drinking, brushing teeth, washing or preparing food, making ice, preparing baby formula and bathing infants.

The council spokesman said mains water could still be used for showering, washing dishes (provided they were air-dried), washing clothes and flushing toilets.

“People should bring drinking water to a boil and then allow water to cool before using it or storing it in a clean, closed container for later use,” the council spokesman said.

“Kettles with automatic cut-off switches are suitable for producing boiled water. Variable temperature kettles should be set to boil.”