The Tasmanian bushfires have devastated a number of the island's communities, with public health authorities issuing some advice about the use of rainwater tanks in these areas.
Chief health officer and director of Public Health Dr Roscoe Taylor said that people should take a number of steps to ensure the quality of their water.
"The presence of ash and debris in rainwater does not represent a health risk but it can affect colour, clarity and taste, " Dr Taylor said.
"And there may be other contaminants to deal with including from dead animals or trace chemical residues from burnt treated timber."
Remove dead animals that may be sitting on the roof or guttering to avoid contaminants seeping into the tank in the next rainfall.
Try to also remove ash and debris from the roof and gutters – thoroughly hose down the roof catchment area – and don't collect this flush water or the first flush of rainwater after the bushfire.
If the water smells, looks or tastes unusual, assume it to be contaminated. Don't drink it if you don't feel it's safe to consume.
More information about taking care of rainwater tanks is available from the Department of Health and Human Services.
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