Moama Boil Water Advisory - 19 January 2024 (updated 29/01/2024)

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Update - 29 January 2024 - 10.30am 

Murray River Council Moama Boil Water Advisory

The Boil Water Advisory remains in place for Moama.

With the recent high-water event now flowing downstream, water quality in the Murray River has improved. This has allowed the Moama Water Treatment Plant to increase production of higher quality filtered water.


Over the past 4 days, we have been able to increase water pressure across the network and water main flushing has commenced to draw higher quality water back through the pipelines.


Councils Water Team will continue flushing the pipelines and will be monitoring water quality across the network. Once we are know that all filtered water will meet NSW Department of Health and Australian Drinking Water Guidelines, we will liaise with NSW Health for confirmation testing. It is after we received this confirmation that the Boil Water Advisory can be lifted, which is anticipated to occur in the coming days.


Moama customers please continue to boil your drinking and food preparation water until further advice from Council.


This Boil Water Advisory does not affect any other filtered water supply network within Murray River Council and does not impact Echuca Residents.


Community members, if you can please provide this information to friends and family who are not on social media, it would be appreciated.

19 January 2024  9.00pm

Murray River Council Moama Boil Water Advisory

- no other towns are affected.

Recent flood water inflows from the Goulburn and Campaspe River's have caused a high-water event in the Murray River which has caused problems with water treatment making drinking water in the Moama Filtered Water Network unsafe.

  • Water used for drinking or food preparation should be brought to a rolling boil to make it safe. 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.
  • Everyone, particularly people caring for young children, should be careful to avoid scalding, when you are heating and then cooling the water.
  • Bottled water or cool boiled water should 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 should take bottled water or cool boiled water to school.   
  • Tap water is safe for bathing. There is a potential risk if water is swallowed during washing and bathing. Parents and carers could consider a sponge bath for children as an alternative.
  • If you cannot boil the water, unscented household bleach (containing 4% – 5% available chlorine) may 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.

Murray River Council is working to fix the problem.

This advice should be followed until further notice. 

The NSW Health website also includes special considerations for: