ALERT: Tenterfield drinking water unsafe, council advises

Drinking water in the Tenterfield area is unsafe, Tenterfield Shire Council advises, after fires at the town's water supply dam caused problems with water treatment.

Water 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. Water should then be allowed to cool; 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 pets' drinking water.

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Dishes should be washed in hot soapy water or in a dishwasher.

Children should take bottled water or cool boiled water to school.

Tenterfield Shire Council is working to fix this problem, a spokesperson said.

This advice should be followed until further notice.