Warning not to drink tap water for Kallista, Sherbrooke, The Patch
An urgent ‘do not drink tap water’ warning has been issued to thousands of people in far east Melbourne.
Yarra Valley Water, in consultation with the Department of Health, issued the warning for Kallista, Sherbrooke and The Patch in the Dandenong Ranges.
Authorities said last week’s deadly storms sweeping through the state resulted in equipment failure at the drinking water tank.
“This can lead to potentially hazardous water entering the drinking water system and customer faucets,” said Yarra Valley Water.
“Until we can ensure that the water is safe to drink again, we ask customers in these areas not to use tap water for drinking, preparing drinks, washing and preparing food, preparing milk. baby, brush teeth and make ice. “
Authorities have warned that special care should also be taken not to ingest the water when bathing or showering.
“Boiling water will not remove any potential contaminants,” said Yarra Valley Water.
The warning was issued at 2:30 a.m. on Wednesday and will not be lifted until Yarra Valley Water can ensure the water is safe to drink again.
They said the notice should be in place for three days.
Emergency drinking water is available at Patch Hall, 5 The Patch Rd, The Patch and Kallista Public Hall, 6 Tom Roberts Rd, Kallista.
Customers will need to bring their own containers to be filled from the tankers.
Customers have been advised to purchase bottled water from their local supermarket if they cannot collect the water from the tankers.
Pets and livestock should also not drink tap water.
Dishes can be hand washed in hot soapy water or in a dishwasher, and once washed, customers should make sure to air dry dishes before using them.
The health department said anyone who is not feeling well should visit their doctor, local medical center or hospital and inform them of the advisory opinion.