Health Advisories and Other Guidance

Provider Health Advisory 

Boil Water Notice: 

Water for drinking or other human consumption should be boiled and cooled prior to use. All water, including water from a RO system, should be brought to a vigorous rolling boil and then boiled for two minutes.

Tips for boiling water:

  • Fill a pot with water.
  • Heat the water until bubbles come from the bottom of the pot to the top.
  • Once the water reaches a rolling boil, let it boil for 2 minutes.
  • Turn off the heat source and let the water cool.
  • Pour the water into a clean container with a cover for storage.

Suggestions for different types of water use:

  • Preparing and cooking food
    • Wash all fruits and vegetables with boiled water that has cooled or with bottled water.
    • Bring water to a rolling boil for 2 minutes before adding food to cook.
    • Use boiled water when preparing drinks, such as coffee, tea, and lemonade.
    • Wash food preparation surfaces with boiled water.
  • Feeding babies and using formula
    • Use ready-to-use baby formula, if possible.
    • Prepare powdered or concentrated baby formula with bottled water. Use boiled water if you do not have bottled water. Disinfect water for baby formula if you cannot boil your water.
    • Wash and sterilize bottles and nipples before use.
    • If you cannot sterilize bottles, try to use single-serve, ready-to-feed bottles.
  • Ice making
    • Do not use ice from ice trays, ice dispensers, or ice makers.
    • Throw out all ice made with tap water.
    • Make new ice with boiled or bottled water.
  • Bathing and showering
    • Be careful not to swallow any water when bathing or showering.
    • Use caution when bathing babies and young children. Consider giving them a sponge bath to reduce the chance of them swallowing water.
  • Brushing teeth
    • Brush teeth with boiled or bottled water. Do not use untreated tap water.
  • Washing dishes
    • Household dishwashers generally are safe to use if the water reaches a final rinse temperature of at least 150 degrees or if the dishwasher has a sanitizing cycle.
  • To wash dishes by hand:
    • Wash and rinse the dishes as you normally would using hot water.
    • In a separate basin, add 1 teaspoon of unscented household liquid
    • bleach for each gallon of warm water.
    • Soak the rinsed dishes in the water for at least one minute.
    • Let the dishes air dry completely.
  • Laundry
    • It is safe to do laundry as usual.
  • Pets
    • Pets can get some of the same diseases as people. It is a good idea to give them boiled water that has been cooled too.
  • Water filters
    • Boil tap water even if it is filtered. Most kitchen and other household water filters typically do not remove bacteria or viruses.

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