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Boil order in effect for part of Washington

By David Hotle | Jul 18, 2017



According to City of Washington officials this morning, a boil order is still in effect for Washington residents who live in C Avenue between Madison and Adams streets. Residents there are asked to boil water being used for consumption until further notice.

Debris reportedly entered the water pipe Monday afternoon at about 3:30 p.m., while city crews were repairing a water main break. The debris was removed and the boil order is precautionary until water testing can be completed.

The city suggests that water should be boiled for one minute and let cool before using. Some residents may prefer to use bottled water.

According to the city, boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, and food preparation until further notice. The city’s water can be used for showering, shaving or washing clothes. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water.

People who cannot boil the water can use bleach to remove bacteria. Residents can add about 8 drops of bleach to 1 gallon of clear water and wait 30 minutes for the water to be sterilized. If water is cloudy, residents should filter the water through a clean cloth and add 16 drops of bleach per gallon.

An information sheet from the public health department says that people who have drunk contaminated water may experience symptoms similar to food poisoning. If this happens, the sheet said, the most important thing is to remain hydrated.

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