The Snowy Valleys Council has issued multiple statements in regards to water usage in the last 24 hours.
In Tumut, Adelong and Cloverdale, the council is warning residents of the potential issues with water supply and has asked those using water to be mindful during this unprecedented bushfire event
“Residents are advised that due to unprecedented high water usage in the Tumut, Adelong and Cloverdale areas, supply to some areas of the water supply network are not able to be maintained,” the Snowy Valleys Council’s Facebook post said.
“Residents are asked to be mindful of their water usage, noting the impact it is having on the network, the capacity of the treatment plant and the availability of water for our firefighters.
In Tumbarumba, there’s been a water treatment failure.
“Recent bushfire conditions in Tumbarumba have caused problems with water treatment making drinking water in the Tumbarumba Water Supply System unsafe,” the Snowy Valleys Council’s Facebook post said.
“Raw water is being fed directly into the Tumbarumba Water Supply System to maintain supply of water in town for firefighting purposes.
The Snowy Valleys Council has advised residents to take precautions before using water from the Tumbarumba water supply system.
“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,” the Snowy Valleys Council’s Facebook post said.
“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.
“Without electricity, the following approach may be used for disinfection, with caution.
“If you cannot boil the water, unscented household bleach (containing 4% – 5% available chlorine) may be used. Add 2 drops of bleach to 1 litre of water (or 4 drops if the water is cloudy), mix well, and allow to stand for 30 minutes before use.
“Snowy Valleys Council is assisting the Tumut Emergency Operations Centre in response to the bushfire incident with NSW Health is working to manage the water supply problem.”