Boil Water Alerts

Chinchilla Township Boil Water Alert Lifted

Western Downs Regional Council wishes to advise residents that the boil water alert for Chinchilla is now lifted.

Read the full Media Statement here.



Boil Water Alerts

Water for consumption should be brought to a rolling boil for 1 minute. Kettles with automatic cut-off switches are suitable and variable temperature kettles should be set to boil. Water should then be allowed to cool and stored in a clean, closed container and refrigerated. Care should be taken to avoid scalding injuries.

Cooled boiled or bottled water should be used for:

  • Drinking
  • Cooking
  • Washing and preparing food or beverages (such as seafood or salads)
  • Post mix soft drink systems
  • Coffee machines
  • Making ice
  • Preparing baby formula
  • Brushing teeth
  • Bathing babies and toddlers
  • Other potable water uses

Children should take bottled or cooled boiled water to school/child care.

Special care is advisable for certain customers at this time; these include people with severely compromised immune systems (the immunosuppressed), individuals receiving dialysis treatment and aged individuals.

Unboiled water may be used for:

  • Showering and bathing (avoid swalling water)
  • Washing dishes in hot soapy water by hand or in a dishwasher, providing dishes are air-dried before being used after washing
  • Garden irrigation providing foods are washed with cooled boiled water prior to consumption
  • Animals drinking water; unboiled water carries no greater risk to them than the typical water they have access to (puddles, watercourses, dams etc.)
  • Washing clothes
  • Flushing toilets