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Precautionary Notice means that an incident occurred in which there is a slight chance of backflow or bacteria the entering system, such as, low or no pressure or a water main break or a disruption in the water plant treatment. A Mandatory Notice is issued when a microbiological contaminant is known to actually exist in the water in an amount that exceeds the allowable maximum contaminant level for drinking water standards.
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Bring water to a FULL ROLLING BOIL for 1 MINUTE, then allow the water to COOL BEFORE USE. Because water may take 30 minutes to cool, plan ahead. Make up a batch of boiled water in advance so you will not be tempted to use it hot and risk scalds or burns. Boiled water may be used for drinking, cooking, and washing. The flat taste of boiled water can be improved by aeration: pouring it back and forth from one container to another. In lieu of boiling, you may purchase bottled water or get water from another suitable source. Here's an easy way to remember...ROLL for ONE then COOL.
A boil water event typically lasts 24 to 48 hours, but it can be longer and may last several days. How long depends on what caused the need to boil, how quickly the problem can be corrected, and how long it takes for laboratory results to confirm your water is again ready to drink. You can also call Pasco County Utilities Customer Information & Services at (727) 847-8131 and they can answer questions on how long your boil water notice might last and advise you when you can return to normal water use.
Discard the ice cubes. If prepared food is not reheated, be on the safe side and don't eat it.
No, you should still use boiled water or bottled water to brew your coffee.
No, use boiled or bottled water to rinse fruits and vegetables.
Yes, use hot, soapy water and add one tablespoon of bleach per gallon as a precaution and rinse dishes in cooled water that was boiled first.
Only if your model has a sanitizing cycle. That will bring the temperature high enough to destroy any bacteria that may be present.
Yes. Just be careful not to drink the water while you shower or bathe.
It is recommended that if it is a large open wound or if you are immunocompromised, apply a waterproof bandage to the wound or take a sponge bath.
To be on the safe side, yes.
Yes, it is okay to do laundry.
Most point of use filter are designed to improve the taste and odor of water and not remove harmful bacteria. Check the manual or contact the manufacturer for more information. If in doubt, you should boil your water or use bottles water.
For a Precautionary Boil Water Notice, it is highly unlikely that any contaminants entered the water system. If it did it would most likely be a type of bacteria that could cause digestive irregularities. If severe diarrhea or cramping occurs or if diarrhea or cramping occurs and lasts more than 3 to 4 days, contact your doctor.