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South Murwillumbah and Dunbible are no longer required to boil their drinking water as of today, Saturday 5 March. The Uki boil water alert remains in place. 

The broken main between Murwillumbah and South Murwillumbah has been repaired and the mains have been flushed and tested to ensure that they have been filled with safe drinking water say Tweed Shire Council (TSC).

‘Water supplied by Tweed Shire Council is now safe to drink in all areas of the Shire, except for Uki,’ said a TSC spokesperson. 

‘The decision is based on extensive flushing and testing undertaken across the affected water supply system, confirming the water meets the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines and is safe to drink. 

‘This means that water is safe to drink in all areas of the Tweed Shire except in Uki. The lifting of the boil water notice is immediate.’ 

Council’s Manager Water and Wastewater Operations Brie Jowett said NSW Health and Tweed Shire Council had reviewed water sample results of the local water supply, confirming it is safe to drink.

‘But before anyone drinks the water, make sure you flush your household taps with running tap water for 2 to 3 minutes, including the tap most distant from your water meter, which is typically in backyards,’ Ms Jowett said.  

‘After this, the water from the taps is safe to drink and no longer needs to be boiled for any purpose.”

The boil water notice was introduced on Monday 28 February due to damage to a water main at Blacks Drain in the flood impacted area of South Murwillumbah.

To stay informed in an emergency, visit the Emergency Dashboard.


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