ROMA residents are being urged to boil their tap water after E.coli was detected in the town's water supply.
Maranoa Regional Council is currently working closely with Queensland Health to resolve the issue advises all residents in Roma to boil their tap water used for drinking, following the detection of E.coli affecting the Roma water supply.
Council issued an alert today and is currently flushing the mains and increasing the chlorine dosing in the affected area. This may take several days, before the alert can be lifted.
The boil water alert will stay in effect until Council and Queensland Health are confident there is no longer a public health concern. Regular updates will be provided to those affected.
Consuming unboiled drinking water could lead to illness, especially for vulnerable people (e.g. those who are very young, elderly or immune compromised). If you are concerned about your health contact 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84), your local doctor or local hospital and advise them of your concerns.
People should use cooled boiled water or bottled water for: drinking, brushing teeth, washing and preparing food or beverages, preparing baby formula, making ice and bathing infants.
Unboiled drinking water can be used for: showering and bathing other than infants (but minimise water in the mouth), washing dishes by hand or in a dishwasher, provided dishes are air-dried, washing clothes and flushing toilets.
People should bring drinking water to a boil and then allow water to cool before using it or storing it in a clean, closed container for later use.
Kettles with automatic cut-off switches are suitable for producing boiled water. Variable temperature kettles should be set to boil.
Residents are urged to share this alert with neighbours and friends.
For more information, visit maranoa.qld.gov.au or phone 1300 007 662.
A map of the affected area is available at www.maranoa.qld.gov.au.