The town of Jonesboro is under a Boil Advisory until further notice. The following announcement was issued to town residents through a text message on Tuesday at 11:50 am.
Message from Jonesboro, Town of, LA
Due too a combination of water leaks on both private and public sides of the water distribution system a Boil Advisory has been issued. The advisory is to remain in effect until further notice.
Health departments issue a boil water advisory, or boil water notice, whenever a contaminant gets into drinking water. During an advisory be extra careful that water is clean before you drink it or use it. Typically, this means purchasing bottled water or boiling your tap water.
How to properly boil water
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.
Hold water at a rolling boil for at least one minute to kill all harmful bacteria. In high elevation locations (over 6,500 feet) water has a lower boiling point and should be boiled for at least three minutes. Because coffeepots don’t boil water long enough to make it safe, you can’t use them to purify water.
Don’t forget to let the water cool before drinking or storing it!
You should boil your water before doing any of following activities:
Making ice — also throw away any ice that may have become contaminated
Brushing your teeth
Preparing baby formula
Preparing drinks (even when the drink has its own filter, like coffee made with a coffee maker)
Giving pets water to drink
Water doesn’t need to be purified when doing laundry, washing hands, or bathing. However, you should be careful to avoid getting water in your eyes or mouth. It’s also recommended to use purified water for bathing young children, people with weak immune systems, and people with an open wound.
You can use unpurified water to wash dishes, but the dishes should be soaked in a mixture of water and bleach for at least a minute after washing.