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The following offers advice on how to use water if a Boil Water Advisory is issued in your community.
Untreated tap water can be used for laundry and bathing (except small children).
DO NOT use untreated water for:
Boiled water or bottled water can be used for these tasks.
To ensure water is safe for use, bring water to a rolling boil for at least 1 minute; let cool.
To make ice, throw away all ice made earlier and sterilize trays. Use boiled, cooled water in cleaned trays.
Disinfection is a cleaning process that destroys or prevents the growth of most germs that cause illness.
If an Advisory has been issued, wash your hands with warm, running water and soap.
Next, you should:
If your dishwasher has a hot setting, it will safely disinfect dishes. If not, soak dishes for 1 minute in a solution of 30 ml (6 tsp) of bleach mixed in 13.5 litres (3.5 gallons) of warm water after finishing the cycle. Let dishes air dry.
No! Continue doing laundry the way you usually do. If you have to wash sheets heavily soiled with feces, carefully remove soil before you place the sheets in the washer, without much agitation of the cloth. Use rubber gloves when handling heavily soiled sheets.
No! The water is not safe to use in wading pools. Water can get into the mouths of small children and cause an infection.
No! Bring filtered water to a rolling boil for 1 minute before drinking or cooking.
The Medical Officer of Health has the final say. As a rule, a Boil Water Advisory is lifted when the original problem has been fixed and two sets of water samples, taken 24-48 hours apart, from all parts of the water system, are okay.
If you have any questions, please contact the County of Lambton Community Health Services Department 519 383 -8331 or toll-free 1-800-663-1839.
Dated: May, 2006