Boil Order

During a boil water order, residential users of affected public water supplies should take the following measures to protect themselves from consuming potentially contaminated water:

  • Bottled water should be used for drinking, cooking, washing fresh fruits/vegetables, hand washing and tooth brushing. Residents should, however use soap and warm tap water for hand washing after using the restroom, followed by a hand sanitizer.
  • If bottled water is not available, the affected tap water should be used for these purposes only after it has been boiled for five minutes.
  • The affected water may be used for dish washing if a dishwashing machine is used. If dishes are hand washed, boiled or bottled water should be used. The affected tap water may be used if the clean dishes are immersed for at least one minute in a sink of water to which one full tablespoon of regular household bleach has been added.
  • The affected tap water may be used for bathing and/or showering.
  • The affected water may used for household cleaning.

Note: If the tap water is cloudy and/or contains particles, bottled water should be used. Once the water samples are found to be satisfactory, the "boil water" order will be lifted and the following measures should be followed:

  • Flush the building water lines and clean faucet screens.
  • Purge all water-using fixtures and appliances of standing water and ice such as refrigerator ice makers or coffee makers.


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