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Residents of New South Wales country town told not to drink tap water

Residents of Yass, north of Canberra, have been unable to drink their tap water over past days due to a problem with the local treatment plant.
Yass Valley Council issued a warning saying recent rainfall and floods made drinking water unsafe for the communities of Yass, Murrumbateman, Bowning, and Binalong.
A "boil water alert" has been in place, meaning residents have been boiling all water intended to be used for drinking.
Residents of the New South Wales town of Yass have been unable to drink their tap water. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
In an update, the council said the situation was being fixed, but was awaiting clearance by New South Wales Health before lifting the boil water alert.
"We are awaiting approval from NSW Health before proceeding with the next step. Council will continue to work with NSW Health until the water supply is operating in accordance with guidelines that allow the boil water alert to be lifted.
"Council will advise residents, businesses, and media as soon as the approval for the boil water alert to be lifted is received."
Residents should continue to not drink tap water and sponge-bathe children.
Water used for food preparation, making ice, cleaning teeth and for pet drinking water should be brought to a rolling boil.
Authorities initially warned residents their water was unsafe last Wednesday.
Ashlee Wilke - Yass cafe owner on residents told not to drink tap water due to treatment issues
Yass resident Ashlee Wilke said the standard of tap water had been a problem for years. (Today)
Local cafe owner Ashlee Wilke told Today this morning she had spent at least $200 on bottled water over past days.
She said the water quality had been an ongoing problem for years.
"The council said that due to the recent rainfall in the catchment, our treatment plant hasn't been keeping up with the intake and it's caused the water to become unsafe.
"But there's still a little bit of it we don't understand."
She said the water restrictions had impacted her business.
"I'm just trying to keep on top of everything so we can at least keep operating."

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