Whitsunday residents warned: ‘Do NOT drink the tap water’

In the aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Debbie, people in the Whitsundays region are being warned not to drink the tap water.

The Whitsunday Regional Council says there are fears that when water is restored to homes and businesses in the area, that it may be discoloured and contain bacteria levels above normal standards.

“As a precaution you are advised DO NOT drink the water if at all possible,” the Whitsunday Regional Council said.


“If you have no other source of water, like bottled water or tank water, the water for consumption should be brought to a rolling boil for about 3 minutes.

“Water should then be allowed to cool and stored in a clean container with a lid.

It is estimated that the water won’t be returned to normal until a few days, with the Army this morning establishing clean water points for people to access free drinking water.

The water points will be located at Whitsunday Plaza (Centro) carpark in Cannonvale and the Lagoon carpark in Airlie Beach.

Residents are being asked to bring their own containers to take water away with them, as there will be no bottled water given out.

Again, we must stress that residents should not drink unboiled water in the Whitsunday Region as it could lead to illness, especially for vulnerable people including the very young, elderly or immune compromised.

  • For more information phone Whitsunday Regional Council on 4945 0200.



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