Chinchilla residents warned to boil water

BOIL WATER: Chinchilla residents have been told to boil water until further notice.
BOIL WATER: Chinchilla residents have been told to boil water until further notice. Brett Wortman

WESTERN Downs regional council has warned Chinchilla residents to immediately boil their water until further notice.

The alert was issued on Sunday morning in regards to a water quality issue.

The alert advised government departments have been notified, with the alert remaining in place until water safety can be assured.

Special care has been advised for those with severely compromised immune systems, people receiving dialysis treated and the aged.

The council alert advised residents to bring water to a rolling boil for one minute, then be allowed to cool and be refrigerated, before used for drinking, cooking, washing and preparing food or drinks, post mix soft drink systems, coffee machines, preparing baby formula, making ice, brushing teeth, bathing babies and toddlers, and other uses.

Unboiled water can be used for showering and bathing (avoid swallowing water), washing dishes in hot soapy water by hand or in a dishwasher (providing they're air-dried before use), garden irrigation providing foods are washed with cooled boiled water prior to consumption, animal drinking water, washing clothes, and flushing toilets.

The notice comes after similar boil water alerts have been issued for other towns in the region, including Condamine and Miles, in recent months.

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