Wallabadah Water Supply Boil Water Alert - Now LIFTED

**********UPADTE : Friday 31 January 2020 - 2:30pm

Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) advises that the boil water alert issued on Tuesday 28 January, at 5.50pm, has been lifted and the water supply is now safe to drink.

This action has been taken following consultation with NSW Health and Hunter New England Local Health District.

The boil water alert was issued due to the storm event last weekend that caused problems with water treatment, making drinking water in Wallabadah potentially unsafe.

LPSC has resolved the issue by carting drinking water from the Quirindi water supply system and have cleaned part of the Wallabadah water supply system to enable safe drinking water to be distributed to customers.


Recent storms and flash flooding have impacted the Wallabadah pump station and have caused problems with water treatment making drinking water in the Wallabadah system 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. 

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.   

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.

Liverpool Plains Shire Council has been working to return the system to safe operation and has been working with NSW Health to ensure the system recovers as quickly as possible.

This advice should be followed until further notice.

The NSW Health website also includes special considerations for:

•         Schools and childcare centres https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/environment/water/Pages/schools.aspx

•         Commercial establishments serving food or drinks https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/environment/water/Pages/foodfacts.aspx

•         Using water header tanks https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/environment/water/Pages/watertanks.aspx

•         Swimming pools and spas https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/environment/water/Pages/pools.aspx 

Opening Hours

Monday to Friday:

8.30AM - 5.00PM

Sat to Sun: Closed

Public Holidays: Closed


Physical Address

60 Station Street

Quirindi NSW



Postal Address

PO Box 152

Quirindi NSW


Contact Details

Phone: 02 6746 1755

Fax: 02 6746 3255

Email: lpsc@lpsc.nsw.gov.au

After Hours Emergency: 02 6746 1755