On Monday, January 3rd, the Spring Creek Water System issued a system wide boil advisory for their customers. According to reports issued from the facility located on Colby Jean Road in Chatham, there are issues with the water supply and therefore customers are directed to disinfect their water by boiling it for one full minute before consuming it. This advisory will remain in place until it is rescinded by the water system.
A boil water advisory means the water in the system has, or could have, germs that can make you sick. While boiling your water for at least one minute and then allowing to cool before using is considered a safe way to remove contaminents it is recommended that bottled water should be used for drinking, and to prepare and cook food.
How to properly boil water:
(1) If your tap water is cloudy, give it time to settle. Strain the water with a clean cloth, paper towel, or coffee filter to remove the sediment. If your tap water is clear, skip this step.
(2) Hold water at a rolling boil for at least one minute to kill all harmful bacteria.
(3) Because coffeepots don’t boil water long enough to make it safe, you can’t use them to purify water.
(4) Let the water cool before drinking or storing it!
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