Camooweal Boil-Water Notice: E. coli Bacteria Contamination

Boil Water

Published: 28th February 2024

Council conducts regular monitoring for E. coli bacteria in the water supply system. Recent water monitoring has shown E. coli to be present in the water supply system in Camooweal.

The presence of these bacteria indicates that the water may be contaminated with organisms that may cause disease.

As a precaution, Camooweal residents are advised that water for consumption should be brought to a rolling boil. Water should then be allowed to cool and stored in a clean container with a lid and refrigerated.

Cooled boiled or bottled water should be used for:

  • Drinking
  • Cooking
  • Washing raw foods (such as salads)
  • Making ice
  • Cleaning teeth
  • Pets' drinking water.

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

Children should take bottled or cooled boiled water to school.

E. coli itself is generally not harmful, but its presence in drinking water is often associated with faecal contamination.

Council is working to alleviate the problem. Precautions should be taken until further notice.