Residents in Miles urged to immediately boil drinking water

MILES residents are being urged to boil all drinking water immediately, in a statement made by the Western Downs Regional Council.

The council announced this morning, "that a boil water alert has been issued until further notice due to water quality issues with the Miles Water Treatment Plant".

Miles residents are being advised to boil their drinking water for one minute, or an automatic kettle will also suffice.

Council also stated they were currently working to resolve the issue, and governmental departments had been notified.

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/child care.

Special care is advisable for certain customers at this time; these include people with severely compromised immune systems (the immunosuppressed), individuals receiving dialysis treatment and aged individuals.

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 cooled boiled water prior to consumption.
  • Animals drinking water; unboiled water carries no greater risk to them than the typical water they have access to (puddles, watercourses, dams etc.)
  • Washing clothes
  • Flushing toilets


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