Water boil alert lifted for Darwin, Palmerston and surrounding area

Issued 9.22am Monday 19 March 2018

The precautionary advice for drinking water (Boil Water Alert) has been cancelled for Darwin, Palmerston and surrounding area.

Tap water is safe to drink.

Power and Water Corporation has advised the Department of Health that as of 9.22am, Monday 19 March 2018 the results of sampling show the water supply to be free of bacterial contamination and that the water is safe to drink.

Should any further advice be received from Power and Water Corporation about isolated possible contamination the Department of Health may issue additional advice.

The precautionary advice was consistent with established protocols between the Chief Health Officer and Power Water Corporation.

You should consider all of the following when using water after an emergency or disaster:

  • only drink tap water once it has been declared safe by authorities
  • tap water should be brought to the boil for three minutes and cooled before drinking
  • concentrated household bleach can be used to disinfect water. Use 10 drops per litre, leave for at least 30 minutes before drinking (the chlorine smell and taste will dissipate if the water is left to stand overnight). Check that the bleach does not contain fragrances or additives.
  • swimming pool water can be treated and drank by boiling or treating as above with household chlorine bleach
  • water can be strained through a clean cloth to remove dirt, debris and mud before boiling or treating
  • water in your hot water system can be used for drinking - take care against scalding
  • untreated water (e.g. from swimming pools, rainfall, seawater) can be used for flushing toilets
  • don't use drinking water unnecessarily - eg for washing clothes, dishes
  • when the water supply is restored, turn on taps for at least two minutes to flush out sediment in the pipes.

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