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A Boil Water Advisory is issued as a precautionary measure when there is a POTENTIAL for contamination.
A Boil Water Order is issued when contamination has actually been confirmed in the water system.
The preferred method of treatment is boiling. Boiling water kills harmful bacteria and parasites (freezing will not disinfect water). Bring water to a full rolling boil for 1-2 minutes to kill most infectious organisms. Timing starts when the water starts to bubble. Boiling it longer than 3 minutes may adversely affect water quality and taste. Cool the water then place in clean containers for use.
Yes, if you disinfect dishes and other food contact surfaces by immersing them for at least 1 minute in tap water that contains 1 teaspoon of unscented household bleach per gallon of water. Allow dishes to completely air dry. Most household dishwashers do not reach the proper temperature to sanitize dishes.
Laundry water does not need to be treated, it is safe to wash clothes in tap water.
Unless specifically listed, water may be used for showering, baths, shaving and washing, so long as care is taken not to swallow or allow water in eyes or nose or mouth.
Yes, this is a good idea because many pets can get some of the same diseases as humans and in turn give these diseases to their owners.