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2 July, 2021

Boil water notice – Bartle Frere and Woopen Creek - 2 July 2021

Cairns Regional Council advises that customers in the Bartle Frere and Woopen Creek areas 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
  • Preparing and cooking food
  • Washing raw foods such as fruit and vegetables
  • Preparing beverages and making ice
  • Preparing baby formula
  • Sponge-bathing infants.

Unboiled drinking water can be used for:

  • Showering and bathing, other than infants (avoid getting water in the mouth)
  • Washing dishes by hand or in a dishwasher
  • Washing clothes
  • Flushing toilets.

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



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