PLEASE READ THE ATTACHED SHEET AND THE ADVISORY STATEMENTS BELOW CONCERNING DRINKING WATER SAFETY IN THE TOWN OF PAGELAND.
Why are boil water advisories issued?
Boil water advisories are issued when a water source is shut off, or when a water source pressure level drops below 20 psi. With this loss of pressure, there is a great possibility for water to become contaminated with harmful bacteria.
What determines the length of a boil water advisory?
The results of the water sample tests. When water service is restored, a Lab Analyst comes to the site to take water samples from several points in the affected service area. The samples are allowed to incubate up to 24 hours; no less than 18 hours. If the water is contaminated, bacteria will have grown.
How long must water be boiled prior to consumption?
Vigorously (with bubbles) for at least one (1) minute.
Why should I boil water prior to consumption?
Boiling the water kills harmful bacteria if water is contaminated.
What precautions should be taken after a boil water advisory is lifted, if test results reveal that the water was contaminated?
- Flush water lines by running all cold water faucets in the home for approximately one (1) minute.
- Flush automatic ice makers by discarding three (3) batches of ice made.
- Run water softeners through a regeneration cycle.
- Run drinking water fountains for one (1) minute.
- Run water through direct water connections for five (5) minutes.
Do I still need to boil water if I have a filter system on my faucet or refrigerator?
Yes. Water filters are not designed to remove harmful bacteria.
Is water safe for washing dishes, laundry or bathing?
Dishes: Water is safe for washing dishes, but hot soapy water should be used with one (1) tablespoon of bleach per gallon as a precaution. Dishes should be rinsed in boiled water.
Laundry: There are no restrictions on doing laundry.
Baths: Water is safe for bathing.
If I consumed water before I knew of the advisory, what will happen?
If you consume water that is proven to be contaminated and you are in good health, you should not become ill. However, young children, some of the elderly, and people with severely compromised immune systems may become ill.
What are some of the symptoms of being affected by consuming contaminated water?
Symptoms may include diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches, or other symptoms. If you feel that your health has been compromised, you should seek medical attention.
What should I do for drinking water until the boil water advisory is lifted?
- Melt ice in freezer (ice made prior to the advisory).
- Boil all water from the tap.