Special Update: Boil Advisory still in place in Jonesboro

Per a statement by Mayor Leslie Thompson at 11:00am on Monday, July 25th, the Boil Advisory for the Town of Jonesboro is still in place and will remain so until further notice. Thompson originally declared that a Boil Advisory be put in place on Sunday following the discovery of a mechanical problem.

“We are working diligently to get the issue resolved but after meeting with department heads this morning, I am announcing that the Boil Advisory will remain in place,” said Thompson. “We also ask residents to continue to refrain from using water excessively while we work to resolve the problem.”

While under a boil water advisory, you should use bottled water or boil tap water. This is because a boil water advisory means your community’s water has, or could have, germs that can make you sick.

Recommended procedures include:

(1) Use bottled or boiled water for drinking, and to prepare and cook food.
(2) If bottled water is not available, bring water to a full rolling boil for 1 minute After boiling, allow the water to cool before use.
(3) Boil tap water even if it is filtered (for example, by a home water filter or a pitcher that filters water).
(4) Do not use water from any appliance connected to your water line, such as ice and water from a refrigerator.

Handwashing

In many cases, you can use tap water and soap to wash hands during a boil water advisory. Follow the guidance from your local public health officials.
Be sure to scrub your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Then, rinse them well under running water.
If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

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 tap water that you have not boiled first.

Washing dishes

If possible, use disposable plates, cups, and utensils during a boil water advisory.
Household dishwashers generally are safe to use if:
The water reaches a final rinse temperature of at least 150 degrees Fahrenheit (66°Celsius), or
The dishwater has a sanitizing cycle.
Sanitize all baby bottles.
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 before using again.

Laundry

It is safe to wash clothes as usual.

Cleaning

Clean washable toys and surfaces with: Bottled water, Boiled water, or Water that has been disinfected with bleach

Caring for pets

Pets can get sick from some of the same germs as people or spread germs to people. Give pets bottled water or boiled water that has cooled.
If bottled water is not available, bring water to a full rolling boil for 1 minute (at elevations above 6,500 feet, boil for 3 minutes). After boiling, allow the water to cool before use.
Boil tap water even if it is filtered (for example, by a home water filter or a pitcher that filters water).
Do not use water from any appliance connected to your water line, such as ice and water from a refrigerator.

Caring for your garden and houseplants

You can use tap water for household plants and gardens.


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