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Urgent tap water warning to thousands in Melbourne still reeling from effects of devastating floods

Thousands of residents in flood-ravaged Melbourne areas have been ordered: 'Don't drink the tap water!'

The recent deadly storms which saw extensive flood damage across the state have caused a failure in the drinking water tanks supplying the Yarra Valley.

On Wednesday, homes in Kallista, Sherbrooke and The Patch suburbs in Melbourne's outer east were told they couldn't drink their tap water for the next three days.

Locals were warned that even boiling the water wouldn't make it safe - and residents should also take care not to swallow any water while bathing or showering.

Thousands of residents in flood-ravaged Melbourne areas have been ordered not to drink their tap water after deadly storms contaminated a drink water tank in the Yarra Valley

'This advice has been issued following an equipment failure at our drinking water tank due to recent severe weather,' warned Yarra Valley Water in an urgent message to residents.

'This may result in potentially unsafe water entering the drinking water system and customer taps. 

Homes in Kallista, Sherbrooke and The Patch suburbs in Melbourne's outer east were told they couldn't drink their tap water for the next three days. Yarra Valley Water have set up emergency water tanks for residents at two public halls in The Patch and Kallista while the outage continues.

'Until we can guarantee that the water is safe to drink again, we ask customers who live, work or are in these suburbs not to drink tap water until further notice.

We ask customers in these areas not to use the tap water for drinking, preparing beverages, washing and preparing food, preparing baby formula, brushing teeth and making ice.'

The recent deadly storms which saw extensive flood damage across the state have caused a failure in the drinking water tanks supplying the Yarra Valley

 Residents in nearby areas that are not named have been told their water is however safe.

Yarra Valley Water have set up emergency water tanks for residents at two public halls in The Patch and Kallista while the outage continues.

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