Melbourne Water dangerous for 88 suburbs due to power outages

Health News from Australia. Published by anonymous on Friday 28 August 2020.

Yarra Valley Water (YVW) has advised of a potential water quality issue that impacts 88 suburbs. Power outages overnight have caused undisinfected water from the Silvan Dam to enter the water supply system. Whilst power has now been restored, and the initial issue addressed, this has resulted in potentially unsafe water entering the reticulation system.

The water is unlikely to taste or smell differently. The risk to the public is that consumers may experience gastro like symptoms. Consumers are advised to bring tap water to boil for drinking, food preparation, bathing infants and preparing baby formula.

As a precaution, YVW has advised their customers to boil their water before using for drinking, brushing your teeth, food preparation, preparing baby formula, making ice or bathing infants. Should the undisinfected water be consumed, minor gastroenteritis-like symptoms may be experienced.

YVW is working closely with the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and Melbourne Water, who own and manage Silvan Dam, to resolve the issue as soon as possible.

It is expected that the water supply will be back to normal later today (Friday 28 August). There will be updates throughout the day and on the YVW webpage.

The 88 affected suburbs are:

ATTWOOD

BAYSWATER

BAYSWATER NORTH

BLACKBURN

BLACKBURN NORTH

BLACKBURN SOUTH

BORONIA

BOX HILL NORTH

BROADMEADOWS

BULLEEN

BUNDOORA

BURWOOD

BURWOOD EAST

CAMPBELLFIELD

CHIRNSIDE PARK

COBURG NORTH

COLDSTREAM

COOLAROO

CRAIGIEBURN

CROYDON

CROYDON HILLS

CROYDON NORTH

CROYDON SOUTH

DALLAS

DONCASTER

DONCASTER EAST

DONVALE

DOREEN

ELTHAM

EPPING

FAWKNER

FOREST HILL

GLEN WAVERLEY

GREENSBOROUGH

GREENSBOROUGH

GREENVALE

HEATHMONT

KALORAMA

KANGAROO GROUND

KILSYTH

KILSYTH SOUTH

KINGSBURY

LALOR

LILYDALE

LOWER PLENTY

MEADOW HEIGHTS

MELBOURNE AIRPORT

MERNDA

MILL PARK

MITCHAM

MONBULK

MONT ALBERT NORTH

MONTMORENCY

MONTROSE

MOOROOLBARK

MOUNT DANDENONG

MOUNT EVELYN

MOUNT WAVERLEY

NORTH WARRANDYTE

NUNAWADING

OLINDA

PARK ORCHARDS

PLENTY

RESEARCH

RESERVOIR

RINGWOOD

RINGWOOD EAST

RINGWOOD NORTH

ROXBURGH PARK

SILVAN

SOMERTON

SOUTH MORANG

TEMPLESTOWE

TEMPLESTOWE LOWER

THE BASIN

THOMASTOWN

VERMONT

VERMONT SOUTH

VIEWBANK

WANTIRNA

WARRANDYTE

WARRANDYTE SOUTH

WARRANWOOD

WESTMEADOWS

WOLLERT

WONGA PARK

YALLAMBIE

YARRAMBAT