Boil water notice for Bartle Frere and Woopen Creek

Cairns Regional Council advises that customers in the Bartle Frere and Woopen Creek areas should boil drinking water until further notice.

Customers should bring water to a boil by heating the water until a continuous and rapid stream of air bubbles is produced from the bottom of a pan or kettle. Kettles with automatic cut-off switches are suitable. Variable temperature kettles should be set to boil.

After heating, water must be allowed to cool before using it, and be stored in a clean, closed container for later use. Care should be taken to avoid scalding injuries.

Customers should boil all water used for:

  • Drinking
  • Brushing teeth
  • Preparing and cooking food
  • Washing raw foods such as fruit and vegetables
  • Preparing beverages and making ice
  • Preparing baby formula
  • Sponge-bathing infants.

Unboiled drinking water can be used for:

  • Showering and bathing, other than infants (avoid getting water in the mouth)
  • Washing dishes by hand or in a dishwasher
  • Washing clothes
  • Flushing toilets.

Cairns Regional Council apologises for any inconvenience and will provide updates as they become available.

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