Wednesday 20 July, 4:30pm

Dubbo Regional Council (DRC) has received approval from NSW Health, to lift the boil water alert for properties serviced by the Bourke Hill Reservoir and Newtown Reservoir in Dubbo. This means Dubbo properties west of the Macquarie River, properties within Dubbo Central Business District and parts of South Dubbo are now able to safely drink the water, without boiling.

Rifle Range Reservoir alert was lifted on Monday 18 July 2022.

The boil water alert remains in place for other areas of Dubbo, Firgrove, Wongarbon, Eumungerie, Ballimore, Mogriguy, and Brocklehurst. The community can go to to check the drinking water status at their property via an interactive map.

Council has engaged an independent water industry consultancy to provide further information and data to Western New South Wales Local Health District (WNSWLHD) which has allowed the two organisations to more accurately define any current risk and establish revised safe dilution targets.

For zones that have not had the boil water alert lifted:

Water used for drinking or food preparation should be brought to a rolling boil to make it safe. Kettles with automatic shut off switches can do this. Water should then be allowed to cool and stored in a clean container with a lid and refrigerated.

Everyone, particularly people caring for young children, should be careful to avoid scalding, when you are heating and then cooling the water.

Residents are advised to use cooled, boiled water or bottled water for:

  • Drinking

  • Brushing teeth

  • Washing and preparing food or beverages

  • Preparing baby formula

  • Making ice

  • Pet’s drinking water

Tap water may be used directly for:

  • Showering and bathing (residents should minimise that amount of water taken into their mouth). As a precaution babies and toddlers should be sponge bathed

  • Washing dishes by hand in hot soapy water or in a dishwasher provided dishes are air-dried before being used after washing

  • Washing clothes

DRC staff continue to flush the water storage reservoirs as part of the dilution process. Residents may see volumes of water running through the storm water system. Water pressure may be impacted, and Council asks the community to be patient while this process takes place.

Last Edited: 20 Jul 2022

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