Boiled Water Alerts and Children - What You Should Know

During or after floods, a boiled water advisory may be issued because tap water no longer meets Australian Drinking Water Quality Guidelines and could contain harmful germs and bacteria. The advisory is issued to prevent all affected Australians, including children, from drinking tap water that may be unsafe.

Boiling will kill the germs and make the water safe to drink.

During a Boiled Water Advisory, it is important to follow warnings to prevent illness. We have compiled a list of ways you can protect yourself and your family during a Boiled Water Advisory.

1. Under no circumstances should you drink or cook with water that has not been boiled until the alert is lifted.

2. Cooled boiled water or bottled water should also be used for:

  • washing raw foods (such as seafood or salads)
  • making ice
  • cleaning teeth
  • your pet’s drinking water.

3. Children should take bottled or cooled boiled water to school.

4. Dishes should be washed in hot soapy water or in a dishwasher.

5. Children should be sponge-bathed to prevent them from accidentally drinking the water

6. Water should be boiled for at least 1 minute and allowed to cool.

7. Washing and Laundry can be done as usual.

8. If your son or daughter has an open wound, cut, blister, or a recent wound from surgery, use boiled or bottled water so they don’t get an infection.

9. If you have a water filtration device, don’t use the water during a boil water advisory. Many filtration devices don’t remove harmful germs.

10. When the boil water alert is lifted, you will need to follow the water supplier’s instructions for flushing the household water pipes.

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