Maranoa Regional Council wish to advise residents in the affected western zone that the second day of water quality tests conducted (Thursday, 28 September 2017) showed no E.coli within the zone.

The tests have also been sent to an external laboratory for verification. Council, in partnership with Queensland Health and the Water Supply Regulator, now continue to monitor these results.

Once three consecutive days’ results show no detection of E.coli, the Boil Water Alert will be lifted.

It is anticipated that the Boil Water Alert will be lifted for the affected western zone and services will return to normal by Monday, 2 October.

Council would like to remind all other residents outside the zone that they are not required to boil their water.

Those Roma residents affected by the Boil Water Alert are advised to continue boiling tap water, following the Boil Water Alert issued on Wednesday.

The Boil Water Alert still only applies to residents in a selected area on the western side of town.

Those located at properties outside of this area have not been affected and can continue to drink their tap water.

People should use cooled boiled water or bottled water for:

• drinking

• brushing teeth

• washing and preparing food or beverages

• preparing baby formula

• making ice

• bathing infants.

Unboiled drinking water can be used for:

• showering and bathing other than infants (but minimize water in the mouth)

• washing dishes by hand or in a dishwasher, provided dishes are air-dried

• washing clothes

• flushing toilets.

Council is reminding residents that consuming unboiled drinking water could lead to illness, especially for vulnerable people-The very young, elderly or immune compromised.