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Residents Affected By Bushfires Warned Of Possible Water Contamination

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As clean up efforts continue after bushfires tore through the Deepwater area, residents are being urged to be extra cautious with a few things.

Gladstone Mayor Matt Burnett said people should register with Police to give Council access to their properties to help with recovery, and with the water supply which may be contaminated.

Mayor Burnett said, "so it's not considered safe to drink at the moment so if you've got your potable water connected to your rainwater tanks next to your house, we're saying just empty that out and we'll give you fresh potable water and that will all happen in the next few days".

There'll also be a road side collection next Monday and residents can get rid of fire-damaged waste for free at the Baffle Creek and Mount Larcom Waste Transfer Stations.

Mayor Burnett said fees have been waived for those impacted by the fires at the Baffle Creek and Mount Larcom Waste Transfer Stations.

"In terms of fire damage, we're also going to have collection points out the front of your property, contractors will come out and take fire damaged goods from the front of the properties there in the Deepwater and Baffle Creek areas" he said. 

Those wanting more information are encouraged to go to the recovery hub at the Wartburg Sports and Recreation Grounds.

By Michelle Price