Wa­ter safe to drink again

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

PALUMA res­i­dents no longer have to boil their wa­ter af­ter a fourth wa­ter qual­ity test came back clear of any bac­te­ria.

The no­tice to boil wa­ter was put in place as a pre­cau­tion on June 10 af­ter tests con­firmed gi­a­r­dia, a par­a­site which causes bowel in­fec­tion, was present in the raw wa­ter sup­ply.

Townsville Wa­ter oper­a­tions man­ager Mark Har­vey said the coun­cil made the de­ci­sion to lift the alert in con­sul­ta­tion with Queens­land Health and the Wa­ter Sup­ply Reg­u­la­tor. “The wa­ter has been de­ter­mined safe to drink and as a re­sult, the alert has been raised,” Mr Har­vey said.

“In ad­di­tion to reg­u­lar mon­i­tor­ing and test­ing of the Paluma wa­ter sup­ply catch­ment, the coun­cil has car­ried in­spec­tions in the area and de­tected no ev­i­dence of con­tam­i­na­tion from sep­tics or any other source.”

The coun­cil will con­tinue to mon­i­tor the wa­ter sup­ply.

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