Advisories or Notices
A boil-water advisory is a public health advisory given by
government or health authorities to communities when a community's
drinking water is, or could be, contaminated by pathogens.
How long? Keep using boiled water until the Lee
County Health Department or your water system tells you it’s safe to
use tap water. If you stop without being told it is safe, you and
your family could be at risk for getting sick.
Why? The loss of pressure in the water system
may have allowed ground water and microorganisms to contaminate
Under a boil water advisory, it is recommended that water be
boiled for several minutes in advance of consumption or use, in
order to kill off as much of the bacteria and viral contamination as
A common cause is a loss of pressure due to a failure of a
pumping station. While loss of pressure does not necessarily mean
the water has been contaminated, it does mean that potential
pathogenic materials in contact with water supply plumbing may be
able to diffuse into the system and thus be carried to consumers.
The normal pressure of the water supply system would prevent this
inward diffusion, as any leaks would force contaminants away from
Bring your water to a rolling boil for one minute to use
- Brushing your teeth
- Making ice
- Washing your hands before eating
- Washing dishes, cooking surfaces, raw foods, or rinsing food
- Preparing other drinks like baby bottles, kool-aid, sun tea,
ice tea, frozen juices etc.
Tips on Boiling Water
- Fill a pot or pan with cold water.
- Start timing after the water boils. (You may see little
bubbles forming at the edges of the pot; these are just air
bubbles from the water; when steady streams of big bubbles are
sent up from the bottom of the pot, your water is starting to
- Boil for one full minute.
- Boil as much water in a pot as you can comfortably lift
without spilling. Caution should always be exercised when
handling boiling water to minimize the risk of burns.
- Provide adequate protection against contamination of the
water after boiling.
NOTE: Boiling water is the preferred
method to get rid of microorganisms.
Other Useful Information:
Common Boil Water Questions
Guidelines for Food Service Establishments