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What do you do after a boil notice?

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Never take your water supply for granted. All it takes is a broken or damaged pipe, and your community’s water system can be shut down.

Or the lines can become contaminated, and all residents will receive a boil notice. That means that all water should be boiled before using it.

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This post by Lisa Bedford, the Survival Mom explains what to do AFTER the boil notice has been lifted.

by Lisa Bedford

Water has been in the news a lot lately. In Hawaii, there’s a looming crisis with a large number of cesspools (88,000!) potentially leaching dangerous contaminants into the state’s well water. Cape Town, South Africa, a city of 3.7 million people will likely be without water entirely by the end of the year. Whenever there’s a severe drought, water is in the news and people suddenly become aware of just how vital it is.

Water can easily become tainted. Just in the past several weeks, boil notices have been sent out to:

  • Montecito, California
  • Port Arthur, Texas
  • Lehigh Acres, Florida
  • Lakeland, Florida
  • Chipley, Florida
  • Oxford, Mississippi
  • Evansville, Indiana
  • Olga, Washington
  • Crockett, Texas
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Always fill your water containers before bad weather hits. Better yet, just keep them filled.

I was shocked to see these towns and many others listed when I searched for “boil notices 2018”. I didn’t realize how often this happens. A boil notice can last for just a couple of hours to many, many weeks. What you may NOT know about these notices is that once they are lifted, you can’t just return to using your home’s water.

Think about it. At what point, exactly, did that water become unsafe to use and drink? No one knows. The water that is still in your home’s plumbing system may still contain tainted water! Water that flowed through a reverse osmosis system or your refrigerator’s water purifier is likely contaminated or, at least, questionable. If you run the dishwasher right away, are you using clean water, or not?

To read the rest of this article, go to the Survival Mom

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