A BOIL water alert has been issued for residents of The Glade, Gowrie Maison Dieu and Hambledon Hill following sampling results after recent heavy rainfall.
Singleton Council is advising residents the water is unsafe to drink and should follow the advice of NSW Health at https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/environment/water/Pages/bwa-what-to-do.aspx
"Water used for drinking or food preparation should be brought to a rolling boil to make it safe," a spokesperon said.
"Kettles with automatic shut off switches can do this.
"Water should then be allowed to cool and stored in a clean container with a lid and refrigerated."
Bottled water or cool boiled water can be used for drinking, washing uncooked food (e.g. salad vegetables and fruit), making ice, cleaning teeth, gargling and pet's drinking water.
Dishes should be washed in hot soapy water or in a dishwasher.
Children are advised to take bottled water or cool boiled water to school.
"If you cannot boil the water, unscented household bleach (containing 4% - 5% available chlorine) may be used," the council spokesperson said.
"Add two drops of bleach to 1 litre of water (or 4 drops if the water is cloudy), mix well, and allow to stand for 30 minutes before use."