2021 Feb – Young (New South Wales). E.coli

2021 Feb – Young (NSW) – E.coli – Boil Water Notice

Boil Water Alert for Young Water Supply lifted (Hilltops Council)


Council are pleased to announce that the precautionary boil water alert for the Young water supply has been lifted. Council has worked in close cooperation with NSW Health who have advised, following the review of several samples tested by an independent accredited laboratory, that the water is safe for consumption.

The boil water alert was enacted as a precautionary measure after a sample from the Young water supply returned positive E.Coli results. Council have conducted extensive sampling, flushing and retesting of the water supply and all samples returned by independent accredited laboratory prove that the water is safe to drink. In this regard, NSW Health have  deemed that there is no ongoing public health risk to the Young Water Supply System users.

Safety of our community is our highest priority and thank the community for their cooperation during this period and apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Council acknowledges the collaborative and supportive approach that the Murrumbidgee & Southern NSW Local Health Districts Public Health Unit has provided throughout this process.


Thermotolerant coliforms are a sub-group of coliforms that are able to grow at 44.5 ± 0.2°C. E. coli is the most common thermotolerant coliform present in faeces and is regarded as the most specific indicator of recent faecal contamination because generally it is not capable of growth in the environment. In contrast, some other thermotolerant coliforms (including strains of Klebsiella, Citrobacter and Enterobacter) are able to grow in the environment and their presence is not necessarily related to faecal contamination. While tests for thermotolerant coliforms can be simpler than for E. coli, E. coli is considered a superior indicator for detecting faecal contamination…” ADWG