PRECAUTIONARY BOIL WATER NOTICE
What does a precautionary boil water notice mean?
It means that there has been an incident that has caused the water system to become susceptible to outside contaminates. As a precaution, the County is notifying the affected area to take precautions and if possible, not use the water that comes out of the tap for drinking, brushing your teeth, cooking, preparing infant formula, giving water to pets or washing fruits and vegetables. As an alternative bottled water should be used for these activities.
Precautionary boil orders do NOT mean water has tested positive for contamination. It is NOT the same thing as a mandatory boil order. Instead, it is a precautionary measure meant to empower customers to make the best choices for themselves, their families or their business customers until proper testing can be completed.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Why would a precautionary boil notice be issued?
How long will the precautionary boil notice remain in effect?
Each Precautionary boil notice situation is different, making it impossible to predict how long the boil notice will remain in effect (generally speaking, testing results can take 24 to 48 hours). It will not be lifted until testing shows that the water meets public health standards and water samples test clear of coliforms.