A national boil advisory has been issued for much of Western Australia, and Queensland is warning of higher levels of water contamination in some regions.
The state’s Health and Safety Authority (HSA) said on Wednesday that it was “actively investigating” reports of contamination in parts of the state, which is on the verge of a three-day boil advisory.
The boil advisory is the state’s second, which was issued earlier this week.
The HSA said the warnings would remain in place until at least Wednesday afternoon.
“The Hsa is currently investigating reports of water contaminants in some parts of WA and Queensland, and is monitoring for additional contaminants and potential threats to the health of people and animals,” the HSA’s website said.
“The State Government has also launched a water quality assessment to identify potential water contaminants and potentially threats to health.”
The WA State Health Department said it had received a number of reports of drinking water contamination, including in areas with low populations, and was taking measures to “reassess water quality”.
“In addition to water quality testing, the WA Department of Health has undertaken a water pollution assessment and is taking measures for further testing,” it said.
“Water quality testing is currently ongoing.
WA Health and Safe Drinking Water Advisory (WA SDSWA) will continue to monitor the status of water quality in WA and WA’s water systems and will continue with monitoring and remediation activities as required.”
In Queensland, the state Health Department says it has received reports of elevated levels of toxins in drinking water in parts and is conducting a “health monitoring program” in the region.
“Health department officers are monitoring the levels of toxic metals, minerals, polymers and other contaminants found in drinking and water in the Queensland community,” the department said in a statement.
“These contaminants include copper, zinc, lead, mercury and cadmium.”
The Queensland Government’s water quality authority says it is also conducting a health monitoring program.
“We have been notified of elevated arsenic levels in drinking waters in the area of Southport,” it added.
“Residents have been advised to use bottled water for drinking water and to flush down toilets and flush any other potentially contaminated drinking water from the taps.”
A further precautionary action has been taken for residents in the community who may have found high levels of copper in their drinking water, and a high level of cadmial in their water supply.
“There are also ongoing health assessments conducted for residents at the community level and for the water system in the town of South Port.”
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