Bowen water still unsafe to drink

IT has been more than a week since E Coli was found in the Bowen water supply, making it unsafe to drink.

Now, as residents continue to boil drinking water – the E Coli has gone but it is still unsafe for consumption – Liberal National Party candidate for Dawson George Christensen has called on the Federal Government for funding.

Whitsunday Regional Council placed partial blame for the E Coli on recent rainfall but Mr Christensen said the situation was unacceptable and a new water treatment plant was needed.

“Years of negotiation with the Labor State Government has got the Whitsunday Regional Council nowhere,” Mr Christensen said.

“This project is more deserving than a lot of the other rubbish the Federal Government has funded… people’s health depends on it.”

Mayor Mike Brunker said although E Coli had been eliminated, the water would not be safe until chlorine levels were raised.

“We are currently in the process of increasing the chlorine level,” Cr Brunker said.

The water is safe for showering and washing dishes and clothes.

But for consumption, water should be brought to a rolling boil for three minutes.

It 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, making ice, cleaning teeth and for pet’s drinking water.

More information about the Bowen water supply is available from Whitsunday Regional Council by calling 4761 3600.



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