Thursday, 17 May 2012
The Gunbalanya water supply is once again safe to drink.
The Environmental Health branch of the Department of Health (DoH) has lifted the Precautionary Advice for Drinking Water (Water Boil Alert) for Gunbalanya after samples from the community's water supply were confirmed today as being free of any harmful bacteria.
DoH Senior Program Development Office Karen Beirne said the water boil alert was issued on Wednesday 16 May 2012 as weekly samples taken from the community identified the presence of E. coli. The bacteria are an indicator of faecal pollution and the possible presence of other harmful bacterial.
'Power and Water Corporation officers immediately responded and have ensured maximum disinfection occurred, which killed any bacteria that may have been present,' Ms Beirne said.
'I am confident that the actions taken and steps put in place will ensure that any future potential public health risks are greatly minimised.'
If further information is required, please contact the DoH Environmental Health hotline during business hours on toll free 1800 095 646.