The current flooding has led to the Richmond Valley Council (RVC) being unable to ensure that drinking water is safe to drink from the tap and are asking residents to boil their water before drinking and food preparation.
‘Water sourced from the Richmond River has experienced high turbidity levels following recent rain events,’ said a spokesperson for RVC.
‘This poor source water has resulted in the inability to reliably purify the water and so, as a precautionary measure, Council requests that all residents who source their water from the Casino Treatment Plant boil the water for the uses noted below.
‘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.
‘Bottled water or cool boiled water should be used for drinking, washing uncooked food, such as salad vegetables and fruit, making ice, cleaning teeth, gargling and pet’s drinking water.
‘Dishes should be washed in hot soapy water or in a dishwasher. Children should take bottled water or cool boiled water to school.
‘Council’s Water Treatment team is working hard to rectify this issue as a priority.
‘The boiled water alert will stay in effect until Richmond Valley Council and NSW Health are confident there is no longer a public health concern.’