Locals advised to boil water

UNTIL further notice, Pratten residents on town water are advised to boil their drinking water.

Southern Downs CEO Rod Ferguson said that after the floodwaters receded in Pratten, officers this afternoon found the chlorinator used to treat water from the Pratten Bore had failed.

“Council officers have also advised that the bore has been under water and there is possible contamination from the flood waters,” he said.

He said water should be boiled vigorously for three minutes.

“Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, cooking, washing uncooked foods such as salads, making ice, personal hygiene, pet drinking water, washing hands, cleaning teeth, gargling, face washing of young children, washing toys and children’s utensils,” Mr Ferguson said.

“Dishes should also be washed in hot, soapy water or in a dishwasher.”

Mr Ferguson said the council was working urgently to resolve this water issue.

“Council apologises for any inconvenience experienced by residents during this period, however public health must be the priority,” he said.

Similar alerts for residents on Killarney, Stanthorpe and Wallangarra town water supplies are still in place.

Laboratory tests from Toowoomba on the water are at the council on Tuesday.


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