Many rural water systems are still under boil water alerts as the systems continue to recover from storm damage. The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) reminds all residents that it is important to follow any recommended boil water precautions until you are notified that your drinking water is safe.
Currently, more than 15,000 customers in the following water systems are under a precautionary boil water notice:
- Zama Water Association (Attala County)
- North Covington Water Association – South (Covington County)
- Hiwannee Water Association #1 (Wayne County)
- Southwest Lauderdale Water Association (Lauderdale County)
- City of Louisville (Winston County)
- North Lee Water Association – Barnes Crossing (Lee County)
- City of Louisville – Northeast (Winston County)
Once water systems are repaired from storm damages, there must be two consecutive days of clear samples before a system is released from the notice.
If your system is under a boil water alert:
- Do not drink tap water.
- Do not use ice made from recent tap water.
- Do not use tap water to make drinks, juices, or fountain soft drinks.
- Cook with tap water ONLY if food is boiled for at least one minute.
- Wash dishes, fruits and vegetables in boiled water or water that has been disinfected with bleach. Using your home dishwasher is not recommended.
- Brush your teeth with boiled or bottled water.
- Wash your hands and bathe as usual. Bathing is safe as long as no water is swallowed.
- Wash laundry as usual. Laundry washed in hot or cold water is safe.
Bring water to a rolling boil for 1 minute to kill most organisms. If you
If you cannot boil your water, mix eight drops (1/8 teaspoon) of unscented, ordinary household chlorine bleach per gallon of water. Mix the solution thoroughly, and let stand for about 30 minutes before using.
When your boil water notice is lifted:
- Flush faucets for a total of 10 minutes to introduce system water throughout house plumbing.
- Discard any drinks, ice, food, etc., made during the boil water notice.
- Rewash any food or drink contact items (knives, forks, plates, etc.) with fresh system water.
- Check water filters (in faucets, refrigerators and elsewhere) and replace if necessary.
- Do not use water from your hot water heater for drinking until several exchanges of the tank have occurred.
- Run dishwasher through a cycle or two before washing dishes.
For more information or a current list of boil water notices, visit the MSDH website: www.HealthyMS.com/boilwater or call the MSDH Bureau of Public Water Supply at 601-576-7518.