Gravesend Boil Water Alert 25 March 2021

Published on 25 March 2021

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On Monday 22nd March heavy rainfall was predicted in the catchment. Council ceased pumping water to Gravesend and the town has been operating on water in storage since that time.

On Friday 26th March Council will need to continue to pump water and as a precaution will be placing Gravesend Water Supply on a Boil Water Alert, due to the current turbidity of the Gwydir River which has the potential to make drinking water in Gravesend unsafe.

Council is advising residents of Gravesend as a precaution that water used for drinking or food preparation should be brought to a rolling boil. 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.

Bottled or cool boiled water should be used for drinking, washing uncooked food (e.g. salad vegetables and fruit) making ice, cleaning teeth, gargling and pet’s drinking water.

Dishes should be washed in hot soapy water or in a dishwasher. Children should take bottled or cool boiled water to school.

If you cannot boil the water, unscented household bleach (containing 4%-5% available chlorine) may be used. Add 2 drops of bleach to 1 litre of water (or 4 drops if the water is cloudy), mix well, and allow to stand for 30 minutes before use.

Gwydir Shire Council is working to resolve the problem.

This advice should be followed until further notice.

For further information contact Town services on phone number 0267242025

Max Eastcott

General Manager

 

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