Reply To: Water Boiling in the Home

Saibai Island, TSIRC Water and Sanitation Water Boiling in the Home Reply To: Water Boiling in the Home

Sai Rupa Dev

    Hello Michael,,


    Your question about the practice of boiling water in Saibai Island homes raises important considerations about water quality and community habits. Let’s explore the possible reasons behind this practice without necessarily engaging directly with community members:

    1. The need for boiling water could stem from concerns about water quality from existing treatment facilities. While Saibai Island participated in the 2012 Orica Australia Best of the Best Queensland Water Taste Test, indicating a commitment to water quality, some households may still prefer to boil water as an extra precaution against potential contaminants or fluctuations in water quality.

    2. Alternatively, households might obtain water from non-public sources such as rainwater tanks. In such cases, boiling water could be a standard practice to ensure its safety for drinking, as these sources may not undergo the same treatment processes as public water supplies.

    3. Cultural and habitual factors may also contribute to the practice of boiling water. Historical experiences with water-related issues or cultural perceptions around water quality and taste could influence the community’s preference for boiled water, regardless of its source.

    Secondly, the paragraph you quoted talks about the water connection from the reservoir to homes. Which is different from rainwater tanks. Nevertheless, water collected in the reservoir goes through a filtration process. Please check the interactives regarding the same for more information. The primary reservoir’s cover collects the rainwater, and allows to flow in to the catchment, which is then connected to an RO for filtration purposes, which is then treated via chlorine dosing before being distributed to the community. Hope that helps.