To boil or not to boil

To boil or not to boil

January 2018 | Cody Handley

A BRIEF moment over the New Year period may have had Mole Creek residents scratching their heads as to whether to flick the jug on or not.

On 30th December Taswater issued a press release advising residents to boil all tap water before drinking.

However, the water would have barely had time to boil as the warning was revoked a mere two days later on New Year’s Day.

According to the press release, one of several samples taken from the town’s supply returned traces of E. coli.

Department Manager of Regional Services, Mark McConnon, has told Meander Valley Gazette that the warning was largely precautionary.

If a contaminated sample is taken, regulations require two clear samples to be taken on consecutive days. These samples were taken on the 30th and 31st, and results came back on the 31st and 1st respectively. The two follow up samples came up all clear and the alert was briskly withdrawn.

Taswater stressed their priority is to protect public health.

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