Published on 01 May 2020


Cabonne Council advises that consumers in Molong and on the Molong Town water supply should boil water until further notice.

Recent conditions including large influx of runoff into the Molong and Borenore Dams after prolonged drought have caused problems with water treatment potentially making drinking water in the Molong Town Water supply 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
  • preparing baby formula,
  • Gargling and pet’s drinking water.

Children should take bottled water or cool boiled water to school.  

Unboiled water can be used for;

  • Washing dishes in hot soapy water or in a dishwasher and allowing to air dry
  • Washing clothes
  • Showing, taking care to not swallow water. As a precaution, babies and toddlers should be sponge bathed to prevent swallowing water 

Cabonne Council is working closely with the public health agency to identify conditions that will enable the boil water advice to be lifted. To correct the problem the Cabonne Council is changing the raw water source to an alternative supply. It is expected three days is required to ensure the raw water quality is improved. The advisory will be in effect until the Cabonne Council and the NSW Health are confident that there is no longer a public health concern. Notification of the lifting of this advice will be given when the risk is reduced.

This advice should be followed until further notice. 

The NSW Health website also includes special considerations for:


Please contact Cabonne Council for further information on (02) 6390 7100