E.coli bacteria contamination in Kariong Water

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E.coli bacteria contamination in Kariong Water

Gosford City Council has issued the following warning to all Kariong residents:

Kariong residents are reminded to continue boiling their water before use until further notice.

Gosford City Council and the Central Coast Local Public Health Unit are maintaining the Boil Water Alert, initially issued on Monday 6 February 2012, following water quality monitoring and testing which confirmed that E.coli was present in the Kariong and Mt Penang drinking water supply.

No other areas within Gosford City or across the Central Coast are affected.

Residents should continue bringing tap water to a rolling boil for at least one – two minutes before consumption until further notice. Water should then be allowed to cool and stored in a clean container with a lid and refrigerated.

Cooled boiled or bottled water should be used for:

  • drinking
  • cooking
  • washing raw foods (such as seafood or salads)
  • making ice
  • pet’s drinking water
  • cleaning teeth.

Dishes should be washed in hot soapy water or in a dishwasher.

Children should take bottled or cooled boiled water to school.

Adults, adolescents and older children may shower, bathe or wash using tap water but should avoid swallowing the water. Toddlers and infants should be sponge-bathed, and caregivers need to ensure that no water is swallowed.

Council is working to fix the problem and restore drinking water quality to compliance with the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines.

All water mains within Kariong and Mt Penang areas were flushed during the night to clear the mains and restore water quality. All reservoirs in Kariong have been re-chlorinated to increase disinfection in the area.

Daily testing is being conducted by Council and the Alert will remain in place until a number of daily results are clear and Council is confident there is no E.coli remaining.

Council will issue a statement when the Boil Water Alert no longer applies.

For updates and additional information on action to take during the Boil Water Alert period, residents are advised to refer to the Water and Sewer section of Council’s website.