What should customers do during a Boil Water Notice?

Per the TCEQ, water for drinking or other human consumption should be boiled and cooled prior to use. The water should be brought to a vigorous rolling boil and then boiled for two minutes.

Tips for boiling water:

      • Fill a pot with water.
      • Heat the water until bubbles come from the bottom of the pot to the top.
      • Once the water reaches a rolling boil, let it boil for 2 minutes.
      • Turn off the heat source and let the water cool
      • Pour the water into a clean container with a cover for storage.

Suggestions for different types of water use:

      • Preparing and cooking food
        • Wash all fruits and vegetables with boiled water that has cooled or with bottled water.
        • Bring water to a rolling boil for 2 minutes before adding food to cook.
        • Use boiled water when preparing drinks, such as coffee, tea, and lemonade
        • Wash food preparation surfaces with boiled water.
      • Feeding babies and using formula
        • Use ready-to-use baby formula, if possible.
        • Prepare powdered or concentrated baby formula with bottled water. Use boiled water if you do not have bottled water. Disinfect water for baby formula if you cannot boil your water.
        • Wash and sterilize bottles and nipples before use.
        • If you cannot sterilize bottles, try to use single-serve, ready-to-feed bottles.
      • Ice making
        • Do not use ice from ice trays, ice dispensers, or ice makers.
        • Throw out all ice made with tap water.
        • Make new ice with boiled or bottled water.
      • Bathing and showering
        • Be careful not to swallow any water when bathing or showering.
        • Use caution when bathing babies and young children. Consider giving them a sponge bath to reduce the chance of them swallowing water.
      • Brushing teeth
        • Brush teeth with boiled or bottled water. Do not use untreated tap water.
      • Washing dishes
        • Household dishwashers generally are safe to use if the water reaches a final rinse temperature of at least 150 degrees or if the dishwasher has a sanitizing cycle.
        • To wash dishes by hand:
          • Wash and rinse the dishes as you normally would using hot water.
          • In a separate basin, add 1 teaspoon of unscented household liquid bleach for each gallon of warm water.
          • Soak the rinsed dishes in the water for at least one minute.
          • Let the dishes air dry completely.
      • Laundry
        • It is safe to do laundry as usual.
      • Pets
        • Pets can get some of the same diseases as people. It is a good idea to give them boiled water that has been cooled too.
      • Water filters
        • Boil tap water even if it is filtered. Most kitchen and other household water filters typically do not remove bacteria or viruses.

Questions or Comments:info@tceq.texas.gov

Source:  Texas Commission on Environmental Quality