The Town of Chatham Water System is still under a boil advisory. All residents are urged to boil your water for at least one minute before consuming until further notice. This past Tuesday, December 21st, a boil advisory was issued after it was discovered there was a leak in a main water line that could have caused possible infiltration of contaminants in the line.
A boil advisory is not the same as a boil order. If a boil advisory is issued it is because there is the THREAT of contamination which may have allowed germs to enter into the drinking water. If a boil order is issued it is because it has been ascertained that the drinking water supply is tainted.
“We had a leak in one of the watermains that caused our drinking water to have the possibility of being contaminated resulting in a boil advisory being issued,” said Chatham Mayor, Gregory Harris. “Thanks to the diligence of our public works department the line was quickly repaired but as a precaution the boil advisory will remain in effect until we receive clearance from the state.”
Recommendations during a boil advisory
- Use bottled water when possible for drinking, cooking or washing.
- If bottled water is not available bring water to a rolling boil for at least one minute. After boiling allow water to cool before use.
- Boil tap water even if it is filtered.
- Do not use water from any appliance connected to your water line such as ice water from a refrigerator.
- When washing hands with tap water be sure to scrub with soap and water for at least 20 second.
- When bathing be careful not to swallow any water
- Brush teeth with bottled or boiled water
- If possible use disposable plates, cups and utensils.
- Household dishwashers are generally safe if water reaches a final rinse temp of 150 degrees Fahrenheit as long as the dishwasher has a sanitizing cycle.
- When washing dishes by hand use hot water. Then in a separate basin add 1 teaspoon of unscented household liquid bleach for each gallon of hot water. Soak rinsed dishes in solution for at least one minute and let dishes dry completely before use.
- It is safe to wash clothes as usual.
- Clean washable toys and surfaces with bottled, boiled water or water that has been disinfected with bleach.
- Give pets bottled water or boiled water that has cooled
- Tap water can be used for watering household plants and indoor gardens.
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