Water Boil Alert issued for Daly River Community

19 February 2011

A precautionary advice for drinking water (water boil alert) was issued today for the Daly River Community.

The alert follows heavy rainfall and high winds associated with ex Tropical Cyclone Carlos, which has affected the sewerage and water supply.

The Department of Health today confirmed that precautionary measures were being taken to ensure that the water supply was safe to drink again as quickly as possible.

DoH Environmental Health Senior Policy Officer Karen Beirne said in the meantime as a precautionary measure, it was recommended that water for drinking, food preparation and oral hygiene be obtained from either packaged bottled water or by boiling tap water for three minutes and allowing to cool before use.

Other communities who may be affected by ex Tropical Cyclone Carlos will be advised as necessary.

"Work will be undertaken as soon as possible to flush the water supply system, monitor the chlorine in the system and ensure maximum disinfection occurs to kill any bacteria present," Ms Beirne said.

"Testing will continue to ensure that the water is safe to drink and we expect the water boil alert will be cancelled soon after ex Tropical Cyclone Carlos has passed."

Residents who experience diarrhoea symptoms should seek advice from the health centre or other health service.

Anyone who has concerns can contact DoH Environmental Health hotline during business hours on toll free 1800 095 646 or after hours on mobile 0438 856 087.

Media inquiries: Dale Webster on 8999 2818 or 0401 116 203