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What can I do with my tap water?

Drinking                                  No
Ice Cubes                               No  See below for information.
Brushing Teeth                      No
Baby's Formula                      No
Washing Fruit/Vegetables   No
Preparing Food                      No
Coffee, Tea, Lemonade        No. See below for information on soda dispensers and coffee makers.
Laundry                                   Yes
Watering Grass or Garden     Yes
Washing Hands See below
Showers or Baths See below
Washing Dishes See below
Pets See below

Washing hands

It is recommended that you wash your hands using soap and either bottled water or boiled water. An alcohol-based hand sanitizer may also be used.

Showers or baths

Adults, teens, and older children can wash, bathe, or shower; however, they should avoid swallowing the water. Babies and young children should not bathe or shower in tap water because they often swallow some water accidentally. Toddlers and infants should be sponge-bathed.

Washing dishes

You may use a dishwasher if it has a sanitizing cycle. If it does not have a sanitizing cycle, or you are not sure if it does, you may hand wash dishes and utensils by following these steps:

1.Wash the dishes as you normally would.
2.As a final step, immerse the dishes for five minutes in lukewarm water to which a teaspoon of bleach per gallon of water has been added.
3.Allow the dishes to completely air dry.

Coffee maker, ice machine, water or soda dispenser

None of these devices should be used if they are directly connected to your water supply. Also, filters are unacceptable for removing bacteria. Once you have been notified that the boil order has been lifted, these devices should be cleaned and sanitized according to the operator's manual for the device.


Although pets are not normally affected by the same diseases as humans, caution suggests giving pets boiled or bottled water.