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MELBOURNE ALERT: 88 Suburbs Warned on Tap Water Contamination


Because Melbourne isn’t doing it tough enough already, there is now a water warning notice for more than 250,000 households across 80 Melbourne suburbs. Issued by Yarra Valley Water, caused by overnight storms forcing undisinfected water from Silvan Dam entering the water supply system. This in turn poses a strong health warning to those affected.

Melbourne water warning 

There are 88 suburbs impacted by the Melbourne water warning (listed below). If you are in any of these suburbs, you’re advised not to drink tap water or use it for food preparation unless it is boiled first. 

You can still use the water for showering, bathing (maybe hold off bathing little ones that have a habit of drinking the bathwater), flushing toilets, washing dishes, hand washing, and garden watering.

What could happen

The contaminated water may cause gastro-like symptoms if consumed. Which, isn’t pleasant in the best of times, especially when stuck in a house on Stage 4 restrictions! #NoThankYou

If you experience any of these symptoms, please contact your doctor.

Melbourne suburbs affected

The Melbourne water warning is in effect for an estimated 250,000 households. Below are the suburbs impacted:

Suburbs A to E

  • 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

Suburbs F to L

  • Fawkner
  • Forest Hill
  • Glen Waverly
  • Greensborough
  • Greenvale
  • Heathmont
  • Kalorama
  • Kangaroo Ground
  • Kilsyth
  • Kilsyth South
  • Kingsbury
  • Lalor
  • Lilydale
  • Lower Plenty

Suburbs M to O

  • Meadow Heights
  • Melbourne Airport
  • Mernda
  • Mill Park
  • Mitcham
  • Monbulk
  • Mont Albert North
  • Montmorency
  • Montrose
  • Mooroolbark
  • Mount Dandenong
  • Mouth Evelyn
  • Mount Waverly
  • North Warrandyte
  • Nunawading
  • Olinda

Suburbs P to Z

  • Park Orchards
  • Plenty
  • Research
  • Reservoir
  • Ringwood
  • Ringwood East
  • Ringwood South
  • 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

The water contamination warning is expected to be updated later today.

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Born and raised in Canada, Jenna now lives in Far North Queensland with her tribe. When the mum-of-three is not writing, you can find her floating in the pool, watching princess movies, frolicking on the beach, bouncing her baby to sleep or nagging her older kids to put on their pants.

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