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A Precautionary Boil Water Notice is a public notification issued by the City of Lake Mary advising customers to boil water before consuming it. A Precautionary Boil Water Notice is only issued after careful consideration by the City and the applicable regulatory agencies as a preventative measure to protect public health.
Boil Water Notices may be issued because of water system loss of power, loss of water pressure, a water main (pipe) break or other unforeseen emergency. The notice does not mean that the water is contaminated, but it is possible for impurities to enter the pipes and affect drinking water. As a precaution, it is important to disinfect tap water before consuming it to kill any impurities or use bottled water.
There are two simple and effective methods you can use to treat drinking water to remove impurities.
Until tests results show the water is safe to drink, you should not drink the water without boiling it first. Although waterborne diseases are extremely rare, chances are if you are in good health, you will not get sick from drinking the water. The risk is higher for infants, some of the elderly, and people with compromised immune systems. They should not drink the water until it is deemed safe to drink. If you have specific medical concerns it is suggested that you seek advice from your health care provider.
Most home filters are designed to improve the taste and/or odor of you water, not remove bacteria. Check with the manufacturer for more information regarding your system. As a precaution you should boil your water or use commercially bottled water even if you have a filtering system.
The water is safe for washing dishes, but you should use hot, soapy water and rinse dishes in boiled water. You may add a tablespoon of bleach per gallon to the wash water. You may use a dishwasher if it has a sanitizing cycle. There are no restrictions for doing laundry. Water may be used for taking showers or baths, as long as care is taken not to swallow the water or allow the water to be ingested. Use only disinfected or boiled water for brushing your teeth. Wash hands with soap and boiled water, or soap with bottled water. If only tap water is available, it is best to use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer after you wash your hands.
It will remain in effect until further notice from the City. This can be a minimum of two days while bacteriological tests are being conducted and repairs are being made to the system. The City will lift the Precautionary Boil Water Notice only after all laboratory tests confirm the water quality meets or exceeds all required drinking water standards.
A rescission notice will be issued by the City of Lake Mary. Customers are encouraged to stay tuned to local radio and television stations for updates. The City will post information to its website and signboards will display that the Precautionary Boil Water Notice has been lifted.
Flush the water out of your household pipes, water fountains, etc. prior to drinking or cooking with the water. Let cold water run through the pipes for a few minutes by opening several faucets throughout the house and outside faucets. If you have an automatic ice maker, allow it to make three batches of ice and then discard that ice. Any ice made during the notice should also be disposed of.