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URGENT: boil water alert issued for some parts of Singleton

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UPDATE 11AM Tuesday 11th February

The boil water alert has been extended to residents in McDougalls Hill at Singleton.

UPDATE 8:30AM Tuesday 11th February 

There is still a boil water alert in place for Glade, Gowrie, Maison Dieu and Hambledon Hill at Singleton. 

Sampling results of the water showed turbidity above and chlorine levels below the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines.

Council said that they are taking this issue very seriously and made contact with NSW Health immediately on receipt of the results. The boil water alert will remain in place until sampling results show water is safe for drinking, and in consultation with NSW Health.

Council is working as quickly as possible to ensure everyone has been notified and this morning are working to tell the Maison Dieu industrial area as they continue to work to fix the problem.

For more information about what to do when a boil water alert is in place, visit https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/…/w…/Pages/bwa-what-to-do.aspx

Yesterday’s samples and consequential boil water alert are attributed to recent weather conditions.

Anyone who may feel unwell for any reason should seek medical advice.

EARLIER:

There is an urgent boil water alert issued for some parts of Singleton this evening.

Singleton Council has issued the alert for residents of the Glade, Gowrie, Hambeldon Hill and Maison Dieu in Singleton after sampling results from recent heavy rainfall. 

Residents are advised that water is unsafe to drink and should follow the advice of NSW Health: https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/environment/water/Pages/bwa-what-to-do.aspx

The advice from Council is:

- Water used for drinking or food preparation should be brought to a rolling boil to make it safe. Kettles with automatic shut off switches can do this. Water should then be allowed to cool and stored in a clean container with a lid and refrigerated. 
- Bottled water or cool boiled water should be used for drinking, washing uncooked food (e.g. salad vegetables and fruit), making ice, cleaning teeth, gargling and pet’s drinking water.
- Dishes should be washed in hot soapy water or in a dishwasher.  Children should take bottled water or cool boiled water to school.   
- If you cannot boil the water, unscented household bleach (containing 4% – 5% available chlorine) may be used. Add 2 drops of bleach to 1 litre of water (or 4 drops if the water is cloudy), mix well, and allow to stand for 30 minutes before use.

Singleton Council is working to fix the problem.

This advice should be followed until further notice.

Image credit: Singleton Council Facebook page