May 20, 2022

A boil water alert has been issued for Cherbourg, with Council advising all residents on Friday morning they should boil tap water used for drinking until further notice.

The advice follows E. coli being detected in one of the sample points in Cherbourg’s water reticulation network.

A Council spokesperson said the CASC was working closely with Queensland Health to resolve the situation.

The boil water alert will stay in effect until Council and Queensland Health are confident there is no longer a public health concern.

Consuming unboiled drinking water could lead to illness, especially for vulnerable people, ie. the very young, elderly or immune-compromised.

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Residents should bring water to the boil and then allow it to cool before using it.

Boiled water can be stored in a clean, closed container for later use.

Customers should boil ALL water used for:

  • Drinking
  • Brushing Teeth
  • Washing and preparing food or drinks
  • Preparing baby formula
  • Making ice
  • Bathing infants

Unboiled water can be used for:

  • Flushing toilets
  • Showers and baths (but babies and toddlers should be sponge-bathed)
  • Washing dishes (if allowed to dry completely before using again)
  • Washing clothes

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