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Brisbane residents urged to reduce water usage over next 24-48 hours


Following updated advice from water authorities, Brisbane City Council is urging residents to take immediate action to reduce their water usage over the next 24-48 hours due to severely reduced potable water supplies. This is due to record turbidity levels in the Brisbane River as a result of the extreme weather from ex Tropical Cyclone Oswald, forcing the closure of the Mt Crosby Water Treatment Plant.

Residents are being urged to reduce their consumption to just the basic needs drinking water, water required for cooking, water to bathe babies and wash hands, four minute showers once per day for adults and turning the tap off while brushing their teeth.

Residents should not hose external areas of their homes or their cars to conserve water usage.

For more information regarding water supplies, please visit Queensland Urban Utilities website at

For more information related to the extreme weather event, please contact Council on 3403 8888.

For emergency flood or storm assistance, contact the SES on 132 500.

Contact for media enquiries: DCS media unit on (07) 3635 3310.

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