7pm 5th January
Bega Valley Shire Council, Essential Energy and Woolworths have worked together to provide generator power to pumps at Ben Boyd Dam in Eden. This now means that water can be replenished to Eden at a slightly faster rate. As a result, this means that in the short term, the quality of water for drinking purposes to Eden cannot be guaranteed.
A boil water notice has been issued for Eden and Boydtown due to the loss of power to chlorination facilities for Ben Boyd Dam which means the water is not being disinfected.
All water for drinking, food preparation, the cleaning of teeth and ice-making needs to be boiled before use. Water can then be allowed to cool and stored in a clean container with a lid and refrigerated.
If boiling water is not possible due to the loss of electricity, unscented household bleach (containing 4-5% available chlorine) can be used. Add 2 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.
It is unnecessary to boil water, or add household bleach, for uses other than those listed above.
Bottled Water may be used as an alternative to boiling water from the town supply.
Water for Pambula, Pambula Beach, Merimbula, Tura Beach, Bega, Tathra and Kalaru remains safe to drink until further notice.
A boil water notice remains in place for Bemboka, Quaama, Cobargo, Bermagui, Beauty Point, Fairhaven, Wallaga Lake, Wallaga Lake Heights, Wallaga Lake Koori Village and Akolele, due to loss of disinfection infrastructure.
Council will advise residents through local media, Council's website and Facebook page when boil water notices are lifted.