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2 March, 2021

Boil water notice – Bartle Frere 10am March 2

Cairns Regional Council advises that consumers in the Bartle Frere area should boil drinking water until further notice.


Customers should bring water to a boil by heating the water until a continuous and rapid stream of air-bubbles is produced from the bottom of a pan or kettle. Kettles with automatic cut-off switches are suitable. Variable temperature kettles should be set to boil.

After heating, water must be allowed to cool before using it, and be stored in a clean, closed container for later use. Care should be taken to avoid scalding injuries.

Customers should boil all water used for:

  • Drinking
  • Brushing teeth
  • Washing and preparing food or beverages
  • Preparing baby formula
  • Making ice

Unboiled water can be used for:

  • Showering and bathing (avoid swallowing water). As a precaution babies and toddlers should be sponge bathed to prevent them swallowing water
  • Washing dishes by hand or in a dishwasher, providing dishes are air-dried before being used after washing
  • Washing clothes

Cairns Regional Council apologises for any inconvenience and will provide updates as they become available.


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