A countywide boil water advisory was issued Wednesday morning, affecting schools, businesses, hospitals and other services in DeKalb County.
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A boil water advisory is a public health measure that suggests the possibility of bacterial contamination in the water system, making the water unsafe to drink tap water without boiling it first, according to the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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During a boil water advisory, officials recommend residents boil tap water for one minute and conserve the water to minimize potential health hazards.
Here are some tips on how to conserve water during a boil water advisory:
- Store boiled or disinfected tap water in clean containers with a cover and keep them in a cool, dark place.
- Store at least a 3-day supply of 5 liters of water per day for each person or pet in the home.
- Plastic, food-grade bottles or containers will work great for storing your water.
- Do not store water in containers used to hold chemicals.
- Do not store in milk or juice containers made of plastic or cardboard.
- If you’re storing water in 10-liter or 18-liter water containers, be sure that everyone in the home can lift the full containers.
- Treated water in well-sealed containers can be stored for six months. Label the date on each container for safekeeping.
- Make new ice in your ice tray with your boiled or bottled water.
- Cut your showers short and remember not to swallow any water when doing so. Consider a sponge bath for your baby or young child.
- Use boiled or bottled water while brushing your teeth and keep the tap turned off.
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