“We had to repair a leak and powered down the system,” said Cleveland, adding this automatically requires an alert. “We are sending samples to Jackson now.”
Checklist for Safe Water Use
* Do not drink tap water while the water system is under a boil water advisory.
* Do not drink from water fountains in parks, public or private buildings that receive water from the affected system.
* Do not use ice unless it has been made with boiled water. Freezing will not necessarily kill harmful bacteria.
* Do not use tap water to make drinks, juices, or fountain soft drinks.
* Wash your dishes in boiled water, or use paper plates for the next few days.
* Wash your fruits and vegetables with boiled or bottled water since they may have been exposed to affected water from grocery store sprayers.
* Wash your hands and bathe as usual. Bathing is safe as long as no water is swallowed.
* Brush your teeth with boiled or bottled water.
* Cook with tap water if the food will be boiled for at least one minute.
* Properly chlorinated water in swimming pools is safe.
* Fish in aquariums are not affected.
Bringing water to a rolling boil for one minute will inactivate all major types of harmful bacteria.
When your boil-water notice is lifted:
* Flush faucets for a total of 10 minutes to introduce system water throughout house plumbing.
o 1 faucet — run for 10 minutes
o 2 faucets — run both for 5 minutes
o 3 faucets — run each for 3-4 minutes
Flush any faucet a minimum of 2 minutes to ensure clearing of the line serving the faucet.
* Discard any drinks, ice, food, etc, made during the boil water notice.
* Rewash any food or drink contact items (knives, forks, plates, etc.) with "cleared" system water.
* Check water filters (in faucets, refrigerators and elsewhere) and replace if necessary.
* Do not use water from your hot water heater for drinking until several exchanges of the tank have occurred.
* Run dishwasher through a cycle or two before washing dishes.