Deloraine boil water alert to remain in place for ‘several days’

A boil water alert at Deloraine is expected to remain in place for several days.

Untreated water was identified as having entered the Deloraine supply network on Friday, which could present health issues to residents if consumed.

TasWater general manager of service delivery Bennie Smith said the water plant was operating and producing water within compliance specifications, but TasWater was continuing to investigate all technical causes of the event.

”Flushing and scouring of the whole reticulation network has taken place as a means of clearing the system of any compromised water,” Mr Smith said.

“I would like to thank the Deloraine community for its patience in working with us and the Department of Health in taking the precautions surrounding our boil water alert.

“I apologise for the inconvenience but the action was necessary in the interest of the health of the community.”

Meander Valley Council mayor Craig Perkins said it was unusual for boil water alerts to be put in place in the town.

“It’s definitely a nuisance, not only for cafes but for hospitals, medical centres, [and] aged care homes,” he said. 

“TasWater said it would be a few days, fingers crossed.”

Mr Smith said it would be “several days” before compliance of the treatment plants with Australian Drinking Water Guidelines could be assured.

“I urge people to continue to take the precautions set out by the Department of Health in relation to boiling all water for consumption and the preparation of food, baby formula and teeth cleaning,” he said.

More information is available at www.taswater.com.au or by calling 136992.