Boil Water Notice Frequently Asked Questions
Below are frequently asked questions about how to use water safely during a Boil Water Notice.
How do I use water when the boil water notice has been issued?
The water should NOT be used for drinking, making infant formula and juices, cooking, making ice, washing fruits, vegetables or brushing teeth. For these purposes, boiled water or bottled water should be used. The water should be brought to a rapid rolling boil and boiled for 1 minute. If there are children in the home, place the pot on the back burner to avoid scalds. Boil only as much water in a pot as you can comfortably lift without spilling.
Can I take a bath?
Can I use the water for hand washing?
I have a dishwasher – is it safe to use?
If your dishwasher has a hot setting, it safely disinfects dishes. If your dishwasher does not have a hot setting, after finishing the cycle, soak dishes for 1 minute in a solution of 1 oz. (30 ml) of bleach mixed with 3 gallons of lukewarm water (13.5 litres). Let dishes air-dry.
I wash dishes by hand, how do I disinfect them?
What is disinfection?
How do I disinfect countertops, chopping boards, or utensils, which have come into contact with raw meat?
Counter tops, chopping boards or utensils, which have come into contact with raw meat, should be washed with soap and hot water first, and then disinfected with a bleach solution. Mix ¼ cup (about 60 ml) bleach into 1 gallon (4.5 litres) water for this purpose. Do not reuse or store this solution, but make it fresh daily.
Should I change the way I am doing laundry?
I have a water filtration devise installed. Does this make the water safe for drinking or cooking?
What should I do after the boil water notice is lifted?