WV Boil Water Advisory for Those Who Have Low Water Pressure, or Lost Service Since Storm

Updated 1 year ago Special to HuntingtonNews.Net
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (July 2, 2012) – Officials from the West Virginia Bureau for Public Health (WVBPH) have issued a boil water advisory for customers of any water system in West Virginia who have experienced low water pressure, cloudy water or a loss of water service following Friday night’s storm. Environmental Health Services Director Barbara Taylor says that statewide power outages related to the Friday night storm may have put many water supplies at risk, and the advisory will remain in effect until further notice.

Affected customers should boil their water before consumption until further notice. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms that may be present in the water. Customers should bring water used for drinking, cooking, bathing and brushing teeth to a full boil for a minimum of one minute, then cool before use.

For customers who have no means to boil their water due to widespread power outages, the WVBPH offers a guidance document for disinfecting small quantities of water during periods of natural disasters. The document states that water may be treated with chorine or iodine tablets made for this purpose, or by mixing 10 drops (1/4 teaspoon) of unscented, ordinary household chlorine bleach (5.25% sodium hypochlorite) with one gallon of water. Mix well and let stand for 30 minutes. Water should have a distinct taste or smell of chlorine. If chlorine taste or smell is not present, add 10 more drops of bleach and allow water to stand for 15 minutes before using.

West Virginia American Water also recommends the following steps:
·        Throw away beverages and ice cubes if made with tap water;
·        Keep boiled water in the refrigerator for drinking;
·        Provide pets with boiled water after cooling;
·        Do not use home filtering devices in place of boiling or using bottled water; most home water filters will not provide adequate protection from microorganisms;
·        Use only boiled water to treat minor injuries. West Virginia American Water’s water quality department is proactively sampling water for bacteriological integrity as its systems repressurize. Once systems fully recover, West Virginia American Water will be collecting additional water quality samples in the area of the outage. For more information, contact West Virginia American Water’s customer service center at 1-800-685-8660.
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