Department of Public Health releases water treatment guidelines
during water boil order
Residential water use
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[March 22, 2010]
Illinois American Water Company has
issued a BOIL ORDER for all of the city of Lincoln, including
users outside the municipal boundaries. During a boil water order,
residential users of affected public water supplies should take the
following measures to protect themselves from consuming potentially
Boiled or bottled
water should be used for drinking, cooking, washing fresh fruits
and vegetables, hand washing, and tooth brushing.
The affected tap
water should be used for these purposes only after it has
been brought to a rolling boil for five minutes. DO NOT BOIL THE
WATER FOR A LONGER PERIOD OF TIME. Excessive boiling may
concentrate any chemical contaminants, raising their
concentrations to harmful levels.
The affected water
may be used for dish washing if a machine is used. If dishes are
hand-washed, boiled or bottled water should be used. The
affected tap water may be used if the clean dishes are immersed
for at least one minute in a sink of water to which one full
tablespoon of regular household bleach has been added.
The affected tap
water may be used for bathing and showering.
The affected water may be used for
NOTE: If the tap water is cloudy or contains particles, bottled
water should be used.
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After the "boil water" order is lifted, these precautionary
measures should be followed:
Flush the building
water lines and clean faucet screens.
Purge the water-using fixtures and
appliances of standing water and ice such as refrigerator ice
makers or coffee makers.
Follow these guidelines until the boil order is lifted, which
often takes as long as 36 hours.
For answers to specific questions about your water service, call
Illinois American Water Company, 1-800-422-2782. If you have any
other questions, contact the Logan County Department of Public
Health at 217-735-2317.
[Text from file received from
Logan County Department of Public