Water can dissolve lead and copper from pipes and plumbing fittings when it sits in pipes for extended times. To protect children and staff from higher concentrations of copper and lead, centres are advised to flush their drinking water outlets just before opening after extended periods of closure.
With the drought getting worse, water restrictions are in place in many parts of NSW. Please reuse flushed water where practical.
Flushing of internal plumbing within centres can be achieved with three simple steps;
Use drinking water from the cold tap after flushing has been carried out to prepare formula and other powdered drinks.
This advice is provided to early childcare centres as a precaution.
You can call 1300 066 055 to talk to your local Public Health Unit.