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Boil Water Advisory–What To Do BEFORE You Drink!

 
Boil Water Advisory helps to avoid infection, Encompass HealthCare & Wound Medicine, West Bloomfield, Michigan
 

The Oakland county boil water advisory due to the water main break in Farmington Hills, Michigan is nearing an end but it is imperative to follow instructions on how to safely begin drinking water again in order to avoid infection, according to Infectious Disease expert Bruce Ruben, M.D., Medical Director of Encompass HealthCare & Wound Medicine in West Bloomfield, Michigan.

“Boiling water is the band-aid during the crisis, but it’s important to follow certain precautions once the advisory has been lifted in order to continue infection prevention,” says Dr. Bruce Ruben.

Boil Water Advisory helps to avoid infection, Encompass HealthCare & Wound Medicine, West Bloomfield, Michigan

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For residents in the following affected areas, see the checklist below.

• Bloomfield Township
• Commerce
• Farmington Hills – North of 696
• Keego Harbor
• Oakland Township – The Hills of Oakland and Kings Pointe Subdivisions only
• Orchard Lake
• Novi – In the area bounded by 14 mile on the north, 8 mile on the south, Napier on the west, and Haggerty on the east.
• Novi Township
• Rochester Hills – North of Hamlin and West of Livernois –
• Wixom
• West Bloomfield Township
• Walled Lake

Checklist: What To Do After A Boil Water Advisory Has Ended, courtesy of Oakland County Township, Michigan–avoid infection by reading below:

When a homeowner is notified that the boil water advisory has ended and the drinking water supply is safe, the following actions need to be taken before you consume the water.

1. FLUSH WATER

Unscrew and remove the faucet aerator (screen)
Turn on each cold water faucet/tap slowly
Run cold water for five minutes
Clean and reinstall aerator

2. HOT WATER TANKS

To clear hot water pipes and water heater of untreated water:

Run hot water only at all faucets and flush until water runs cool or typically for a minimum of:
15 minutes for a typical household 40 gallon hot water tank
30 minutes for a hot water tank greater than 40 gallons
Hot water is then safe to use for washing of dishes, pots and pans, etc. by hand.
3. REPLACE FILTERS

Water filters that are commonly used in refrigerators, faucets, pitchers, under the sink, and the whole house, etc. are not designed to remove the specific bacteria potentially present during a boil water advisory. If you ran water through your filter during the boil water advisory, the filter could be contaminated.

Remove and discard water filters
Replace with a new filter following flushing
Note: If you cannot flush or run water when filter is removed, replace with new filter after flushing. Always follow manufacturer’s directions for filter replacement.

4. CHECK APPLIANCES/DEVICES

Always read and follow the owner’s manual for directions to clean and flush all appliances that use water.

Dishwashers

After flushing hot water pipes and water heater, run empty dishwasher one time on the hottest or ‘sanitize’ cycle.
Refrigerators/Freezers

Always follow filter replacement recommendations above.

For refrigerators without filters, flush water dispensers by running at least one quart of water.
If unsure of your dispenser’s capacity, refer to manufacturer specifications.
Flush home automatic ice makers. Make three batches of ice cubes and discard all three batches.
Water Softeners

Run water softeners through a full regeneration (flush) cycle.
Portable Humidifiers

Discard any water used in the device.
Rinse the device with clean water and sanitize.
If your humidifier has a filter, sanitize the humidifier and replace the filter.
Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when you use bleach or any other cleaning product.
Use distilled or demineralized water in humidifiers.
Furnace Humidifiers

There is potential for bacteria to grow on humidifier pads and in humidifier reservoirs after a boil water advisory.

Follow manufacturer’s guidelines to flush, clean, and disinfect all parts of the humidifier.
Other Devices

If you used contaminated water during the boil water advisory in nebulizers, Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machines, oral, medical, or health care devices, take the following actions:

Discard any water used in the devices listed above.
Rinse the device with clean water and sanitize.
If your humidifier has a filter, sanitize the humidifier and replace the filter.
Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when you use bleach or any other cleaning product.
Sterile water should be used for CPAP machines and nebulizers. Follow manufacturer’s directions.

More extensive information relating to the rest of your home and the safety of your family can be found here, courtesy of Oakland County Township, Michigan.

 

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