Cairns Regional Council advises that consumers in the Mirriwinni area should boil drinking water until further notice.
In order to restore water storage levels, Council has needed to bypass part of the Mirriwinni Drinking Water Treatment Plant filtration process.
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:
- Brushing teeth
- Washing and preparing food or beverages
- Preparing baby formula
- Making ice
Unboiled water can be used for:
- Showering and bathing (avoid swallowing water). As a precaution babies and toddlers should be sponge bathed to prevent them swallowing water
- Washing dishes by hand or in a dishwasher, providing dishes are air-dried before being used after washing
- Washing clothes
Cairns Regional Council apologises for any inconvenience and will provide updates as they become available.