Water still undrinkable in 99 suburbs

The tap water in almost 100 Melbourne suburbs remained undrinkable on Saturday morning, despite Yarra Valley Water indicating the problem would be solved on Friday.

A boil water notification was issued Friday morning to more than 250,000 Melbourne households after a freak storm caused power outages across the city.

The power outage caused untreated water to enter Silvan Reservoir and from there into the water supply.

A Yarra Valley Water spokeswoman said on Saturday the utility was communicating with customers over text.

“We’ll let people know ASAP when it’s back to normal,” she said.

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Victoria’s chief health officer, Brett Sutton, said water should be brought to a “rolling boil” and then cooled before drinking or using in cooking.

“Whether you’re drinking it, using it for brushing teeth, making ice, just make sure that the water is boiled to a rolling boil before it is used and obviously let it cool down to make it safe for kids as well,” he said.

Yarra Valley Water managing director Pat McCafferty on Friday said anyone with “gastro-like” symptoms after drinking the water should contact a doctor.

“Showering and those sorts of things are fine, but for drinking water, and food preparation, please boil the water as a precaution,” he said.


If you live in the suburbs below, you are advised to bring water to a rolling boil before drinking, preparing beverages, washing and preparing food, preparing baby formula, brushing teeth and making ice until further notice.

  • Boil water in a kettle with an automatic cut-off or on the stove until it boils strongly, with a rapid stream of air-bubbles from the bottom of the kettle or pan
  • Once you have boiled the water, allow it to cool
  • You can store it in the fridge in clean, closed containers for drinking or food preparation – you do not need to boil it again
  • Take care not to injure or scald yourself when you handle boiling water, especially around children
  • Unboiled water can still be used for showering and bathing, flushing toilets, washing dishes and clothes and garden watering. Ensure you do not drink water when you are in the bath and take extra care when bathing infants
  • Unboiled water can still be used to wash your hands.


Yarra Valley Water said it was supplying emergency drinking water to those who need it. If you have special needs and require assistance, please contact them on 132 762.


Undisinfected water can cause gastro-like symptoms. If you experience any of these symptoms, please contact your GP and advise your GP about this notice.


  • Attwood
  • Bayswater
  • Bayswater North
  • Belgrave
  • Belgrave South
  • Belgrave Heights
  • Blackburn
  • Blackburn North
  • Blackburn South
  • Boronia
  • Box Hill North
  • Broadmeadows
  • Bulleen
  • Bundoora
  • Burwood
  • Burwood East
  • Campbellfield
  • Chirinside Park
  • Coburg North
  • Coldstream
  • Coolaroo
  • Craigieburn
  • Croyden
  • Croyden Hills
  • Croyden North
  • Croyden South
  • Dallas
  • Doncaster
  • Doncaster East
  • Donvale
  • Doreen
  • Eltham
  • Epping
  • Fawkner
  • Ferntree Gully
  • Forest Hill
  • Glen Waverley
  • Greensborough
  • Greenvale
  • Heathmont
  • Kalorama
  • Kangaroo Ground
  • Kilsyth
  • Kilsyth South
  • Kingsbury
  • Lalor
  • Lilydale
  • Lower Plenty
  • Lysterfield
  • Lysterfield South
  • Meadow Heights
  • Melbourne Airport
  • Mernda
  • Mill Park
  • Mitcham
  • Monbulk
  • Mont Albert North
  • Montmorency
  • Montrose
  • Mooroolbark
  • Mount Dandenong
  • Mount Evelyn
  • Mount Waverley
  • North Warrandyte
  • Nunawading
  • Olinda
  • Park Orchards
  • Plenty
  • Research
  • Reservoir
  • Ringwood
  • Ringwood East
  • Ringwood North
  • Roxburgh Park
  • Selby
  • Silvan
  • Somerton
  • South Morang
  • Tecoma
  • Templestowe
  • Templestowe Lower
  • The Basin
  • Thomastown
  • Tremont
  • Upper Ferntree Gully
  • Upwey
  • Vermont
  • Vermont South
  • Viewbank
  • Wantirna
  • Warrandyte
  • Warrandyte South
  • Warranwood
  • Westmeadows
  • Wollert
  • Wonga Park
  • Yallambie
  • Yarrambat

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