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Water caution

Tuesday, 13th January, 2015

Essential Water issued a precautionary notice yesterday afternoon following detection of low chlorine levels from the Hebbard Street service reservoir.

Essential Water, in consultation with NSW Health, issued the “precautionary boiled  water notice” late yesterday afternoon to apply to water consumers in South Broken Hill.

Manager Far West and Water Operations Guy Chick said a precautionary boiled water notice was sent out after independent tests highlighted a chlorine shortage.

“This shortage was caused by a faulty chlorine dosing unit - and it is believed it failed late Sunday or early Monday.”

The notice requires residents to boil the water prior to use for drinking and other human consumption, for example, washing food.

“We stress that the water should not be ingested,” Mr Chick said.

“Before using the water please boil it or use bottled water.”

Mr Chick said chlorine readings started to improve late Monday.

“Manual dosing of the reservoir together with supply transfer from Block 10 has provided improved chlorine readings on Monday evening,” he said.

The boiled water notice however will remain in place until satisfactory micro biological testing is completed after chlorine levels are returned to normal.

Water consumers in South Broken Hill will be advised as soon as that advice is received from NSW Health.

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