Boil water notice lifted: Kingaroy

How to consume boiled water.

A boil water alert issued by the South Burnett Regional Council is still in place after Council has sampled multiple areas and is waiting for the verification sample results.

The notice is for the following for Premier Drive Estate, Kingaroy addresses:

– Diamond Court

– Lorikeet Close

– Cockatoo Court

– Rosella Parade

– Peregrine Drive

– Premier Drive

– Kingfisher Way

– Acreage Avenue

– Curtis Road

– Taylors Road

As part of its systematic water verification monitoring program, Council has detected the lowest level presence of bacteria in the reticulation network of its high-level zone in the vicinity of Summit View and Taylors Road Kingaroy.

Council and coregulators, the Department of Regional Development, Manufacturing and Water and Queensland Health, will not lift the boiled water notice until a minimum of two cleared samples across two days are clear of any microbial contamination.

Disinfection processes are currently being undertaken and water turnover protocols are as per Council’s Drinking Water Management Plan.

Council is working closely with Queensland Health to resolve the situation, but the boil water notice will stay in effect until Council and Queensland Health are confident there is no public health risk.

All other areas of the Kingaroy water supply scheme are clear and Council will continue to monitor the area adjacent to the Premier Drive reservoir.

There is no additional risk to any other areas, and the Gordonbrook Water Treatment Plant is operating as normal.

The Kingaroy town water supply is sourced from a blend of Gordonbrook Dam and Boondooma Dam water.

Council will continue to conduct verification monitoring with an excess of 50 water samples a week across all drinking water supply schemes.

Results from this testing have detected the presence of bacteria in the reticulation network for Summit View Estate and Taylors Road Kingaroy.

Council immediately notified the relevant government agencies and issued a boiled water alert as a precaution on Thursday 16 March 2023.

Council advise that cooled boiled or bottled water should be used for:

– Drinking

– Cooking

– Washing and preparing food or beverages (such as seafood or salads)

– Post-mix soft drink systems

– Coffee machines

– Making ice

– Preparing baby formula

– Brushing teeth

– Bathing babies and toddlers

– Other potable water uses

Children should take bottled or cooled boiled water to school/ childcare.

Special care is advisable for people with: severely compromised immune systems, individuals receiving dialysis treatment, and aged individuals.

As a precaution, residents are advised that water for consumption should be brought to a rolling boil for 1 minute.

Kettles with automatic cut-off switches are suitable and variable-temperature kettles should be set to boil. Water should then be allowed to cool and stored in a clean, closed container and refrigerated. Care should be taken to avoid scalding injuries.

Unboiled water may be used for:

– Showering and bathing (avoid swallowing water).

– Washing dishes in hot soapy water by hand or in a dishwasher, providing dishes are air-dried before being used after washing.

– Garden irrigation providing foods are washed with cool boiled water prior to consumption.

– Animals drinking water; unboiled water carries no greater risk to them than the typical water they have assess to (puddles, watercourses, dams etc.)

– Washing clothes

– Flushing toilets

South Burnett Regional Council Water Team is working to resolve the problem.

Necessary Governmental departments have been notified.

This notice will remain in place until the safety of the water supply can be assured.

Precautions should be taken until further notice.

Residents will be kept informed of the situation and will be notified when the boil water alert is no longer in place.

South Burnett Regional Council apologises for any inconvenience that may be caused and thank in advance for people’s patience.