Recent wet weather conditions have caused increased turbidity making drinking water in the Jindabyne, Leesville, Lakewood, The Station Resort and High Country unsafe.
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 (e.g. 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.
Snowy Monaro Regional Council is working to fix the problem although it may persist until the raw water quality improves.
This advice should be followed until further notice.
The NSW Health website also includes special considerations for:
• Schools and childcare centres https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/environment/water/Pages/schools.aspx
• Commercial establishments serving food or drinks https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/environment/water/Pages/foodfacts.aspx
• Using water header tanks https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/environment/water/Pages/watertanks.aspx
• Swimming pools and spas https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/environment/water/Pages/pools.aspx