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Boiled Water Order

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 19, 2012 at 12:44 PM

For almost a year now it seems like my town is always in a boiled water order. So much for the best country in the world. Anyway.

This place used to have wonderful water, now they're starting to put chlorine on it, gross!

What do you think of boiled water, does it change any how, is it just as healthy as fresh water? I can't afford bottled water right now, so...

Finally I got sick from the water today because I didn't realize there was another boild water order AGAIN. They never leave a note on the door and I always learn about the boiled water order from the elderly neigbhor who is always home.... 2 days later, I find out =-O

How to heal from diarrhea caused by bad water, I imagine it would be different than diarrhea from food? Oh noes, it's teh e-colis!

B4e1fa6a8cf43d2b69d97a99dfca262c

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on June 20, 2012
at 01:31 PM

except if its viral, so knowing what the contaminant is becomes important if you go ceramic.

19acef0aed67ef8dc1118d8e74edb349

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on June 19, 2012
at 10:50 PM

Though I'd like to know the reason why I got downvotes!

19acef0aed67ef8dc1118d8e74edb349

(2954)

on June 19, 2012
at 10:49 PM

Sweet answers. Learned a lot more than I ever expected. Thanks ! B-)

19acef0aed67ef8dc1118d8e74edb349

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on June 19, 2012
at 10:48 PM

I already said I don't wish to say where I live. Why do you want to know anyway :O Just curious

19acef0aed67ef8dc1118d8e74edb349

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on June 19, 2012
at 10:46 PM

So the revserse 911 thing, if I had a landline, I would get voice mail or something to notify me, even if I didn-t sign up for notifications. That's very interesting!

19acef0aed67ef8dc1118d8e74edb349

(2954)

on June 19, 2012
at 10:44 PM

Whoa, that's awful. Now I wish i'd taken more cod liver oil and vitamin d to boost immune system- Silly girl I am! The neighbor lady said it was something that can cause kidney damage so looking around online it must be e-coli. Gross.

19acef0aed67ef8dc1118d8e74edb349

(2954)

on June 19, 2012
at 10:41 PM

There is boil water order, just the old lady reads the newapaper and watches Tv, she must have found out that way. The shop keeper in the nearby store also asked me if I knew about the water. It's good that i can (hopefully) be put on a "call me" list, so I'll ask about it tomorrow.I'm pretty sure they just assume everyone has tv, newspaper, and so on. Of course, the people on welfare always seem to have high speed interenet and full cable tv channels, so I can see why they'd think that, x__X

2b269f081f7e3190b489b1ecbf58f922

on June 19, 2012
at 02:01 PM

Repeat: WHERE DO YOU LIVE?

F0e558010a2ecb31fa37b7c491596b8e

(3850)

on June 19, 2012
at 01:55 PM

My only excuse is that it's my career. :) We try to do a lot of public outreach and education but the amount of information is overwhelming a lot of times.

F0e558010a2ecb31fa37b7c491596b8e

(3850)

on June 19, 2012
at 01:53 PM

Well in that case, it sounds like they are dropping the ball somewhere. Or your elderly neighbor was possibly incorrect? The EPA sets pretty strict requirements for notification in these situations. A lot of it depends on the size of the community you live in and what media is available. You might want to call the department and just verify if you actually are under an order and find out how they notified people. If you really think they are not getting the word out, call your State agency and let them know. It is very serious.

19acef0aed67ef8dc1118d8e74edb349

(2954)

on June 19, 2012
at 01:51 PM

Wow, thanks Kelly! It's amazing how much I don't know.

19acef0aed67ef8dc1118d8e74edb349

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on June 19, 2012
at 01:47 PM

Didn't know I could sign up for notification by phone, that's cool. I do read newspaper on their website, there's no public notices. Also went to town website and state health department website, there's nothing. I don't have any sort or Tv service, not since the Dtv change. Not that I watched tv anyway.

F0e558010a2ecb31fa37b7c491596b8e

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on June 19, 2012
at 01:44 PM

As long as you change the filter according to the schedule provided on the package, it will remove 100% of chlorine. Carbon filters are very efficient at removing chlorine and chlorinated byproducts from drinking water.

19acef0aed67ef8dc1118d8e74edb349

(2954)

on June 19, 2012
at 01:42 PM

Thanks I apreciate the moral lesson, just after a year on and off you get tired of boiling boiling boiling, after all this is not a 3rd world country ^ ^ Good idea to call the water department. Every day though, they might consider me a loony, hehe! :-D

F0e558010a2ecb31fa37b7c491596b8e

(3850)

on June 19, 2012
at 01:42 PM

Not getting the notifications is a problem, but a lot of people don't get them because they don't give the water department their phone numbers, don't watch cable TV, and don't read the newspaper. If that is the case, people need to find out how their department does notifications and make sure they are paying attention. If the system uses reverse 911 and you only have a cell phone, you need to give them your phone number so you get the alerts. Some more savvy towns/cities also use twitter and facebook so find out and subscribe to their alerts.

19acef0aed67ef8dc1118d8e74edb349

(2954)

on June 19, 2012
at 01:39 PM

Yeah, I don't have Tv or the newspaper but I did try looking online. I have a brita filter, tried looking online many times to see if removes bleach and never found that information. Do you know what percentage of bleach it removes? Was kind of kidding about the e. coli, but now that I think about it the neighbor did say something about kidney harm. Gaaah. Hmm, would rather not say where Iive :X but really apreciate your answer. I don't know much about these things.

F0e558010a2ecb31fa37b7c491596b8e

(3850)

on June 19, 2012
at 01:37 PM

If your water system is having repeated boil orders, then they are likely in the process of making upgrades to deal with them. It may be a long process but it may be not that far off. If you live in the US you should be receiving an annual water quality report - apartment dwellers don't always receive them since they need to come from your landlord. Check your water department's website or call the department if you don't get one by July 1. That should outline what is happening right now.

F0e558010a2ecb31fa37b7c491596b8e

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on June 19, 2012
at 01:34 PM

I have to advise against the portable UV. They are not very powerful and if the water system is already disinfecting with chlorine then it's not going to do anything additional, and it's not going to remove the chlorine that's already there. They also cost a heck of a lot more than a few gallons of bottled water.

19acef0aed67ef8dc1118d8e74edb349

(2954)

on June 19, 2012
at 01:26 PM

Whoa, thanks, lots of info. I'm in an apartment so I'm going to look nto the portable uv treatment. I don't like chlorine in water, no one should be forced to put that in their bodies, let alone children or baby-making age women, no matter how little or how much chlorine there is the water. For now I'll do the pitcher thing you said, plus boiling plus brita filter. Thankee!

19acef0aed67ef8dc1118d8e74edb349

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on June 19, 2012
at 12:45 PM

Hmm.. yeah... I'm going to go boil my cat's water now...

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Df6dabaf4b1ef3d5db980ad64c501a5b

on June 19, 2012
at 01:15 PM

I would be more worried about e coli than chlorine as long as the water doesn't smell like a swimming pool. If the chlorine smell is strong, put it in an open pitcher for a few hours before drinking it, and the chlorine will dissipate.

If boil water orders are a regular happening out your way, I'd think about putting in your own water treatment. UV water treatment is excellent - kills the bugs with no chemicals. Not cheap, though. A camping-style battery powered UV water treatment device could save you a lot of boiling time.

F0e558010a2ecb31fa37b7c491596b8e

(3850)

on June 19, 2012
at 01:34 PM

I have to advise against the portable UV. They are not very powerful and if the water system is already disinfecting with chlorine then it's not going to do anything additional, and it's not going to remove the chlorine that's already there. They also cost a heck of a lot more than a few gallons of bottled water.

19acef0aed67ef8dc1118d8e74edb349

(2954)

on June 19, 2012
at 01:26 PM

Whoa, thanks, lots of info. I'm in an apartment so I'm going to look nto the portable uv treatment. I don't like chlorine in water, no one should be forced to put that in their bodies, let alone children or baby-making age women, no matter how little or how much chlorine there is the water. For now I'll do the pitcher thing you said, plus boiling plus brita filter. Thankee!

19acef0aed67ef8dc1118d8e74edb349

(2954)

on June 19, 2012
at 01:51 PM

Wow, thanks Kelly! It's amazing how much I don't know.

F0e558010a2ecb31fa37b7c491596b8e

(3850)

on June 19, 2012
at 01:37 PM

If your water system is having repeated boil orders, then they are likely in the process of making upgrades to deal with them. It may be a long process but it may be not that far off. If you live in the US you should be receiving an annual water quality report - apartment dwellers don't always receive them since they need to come from your landlord. Check your water department's website or call the department if you don't get one by July 1. That should outline what is happening right now.

F0e558010a2ecb31fa37b7c491596b8e

(3850)

on June 19, 2012
at 01:55 PM

My only excuse is that it's my career. :) We try to do a lot of public outreach and education but the amount of information is overwhelming a lot of times.

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F0e558010a2ecb31fa37b7c491596b8e

(3850)

on June 19, 2012
at 01:14 PM

Boiled water should have no negative health effects. Boil it in advance and keep it in the refrigerator and it will taste just great.

If you think you have E.Coli, please contact your doctor. It's not to be messed with and should be reported to your local health department. Make sure you stay hydrated.

I understand the disappointment about chlorine, but in some cases it's inevitable. It can be removed with a brita filter or the like.

Boil orders are serious business and notification by paper notice is generally not very efficient. Water departments often use public notices, cable, newspaper, internet, and reverse 911 to notify their customers. Can I ask where you live?

F0e558010a2ecb31fa37b7c491596b8e

(3850)

on June 19, 2012
at 01:44 PM

As long as you change the filter according to the schedule provided on the package, it will remove 100% of chlorine. Carbon filters are very efficient at removing chlorine and chlorinated byproducts from drinking water.

2b269f081f7e3190b489b1ecbf58f922

on June 19, 2012
at 02:01 PM

Repeat: WHERE DO YOU LIVE?

19acef0aed67ef8dc1118d8e74edb349

(2954)

on June 19, 2012
at 01:39 PM

Yeah, I don't have Tv or the newspaper but I did try looking online. I have a brita filter, tried looking online many times to see if removes bleach and never found that information. Do you know what percentage of bleach it removes? Was kind of kidding about the e. coli, but now that I think about it the neighbor did say something about kidney harm. Gaaah. Hmm, would rather not say where Iive :X but really apreciate your answer. I don't know much about these things.

19acef0aed67ef8dc1118d8e74edb349

(2954)

on June 19, 2012
at 10:48 PM

I already said I don't wish to say where I live. Why do you want to know anyway :O Just curious

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6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

(24553)

on June 19, 2012
at 07:44 PM

If it is going to be a while before the boil orders stop, or you don't want to have to follow the news, these ceramic filters and a couple of 5 gallon buckets, can take really contaminated water, and get you something cleaner than boiling and running it through a Brita. Relatively inexpensive too.

http://www.wavesforwater.org/family-filters/

It also couldn't hurt to get some press on this issue if it is ongoing and you think some pressure could speed up improvements, shoot an email to all the major news agencies and maybe one will take it up as a story.

B4e1fa6a8cf43d2b69d97a99dfca262c

(10255)

on June 20, 2012
at 01:31 PM

except if its viral, so knowing what the contaminant is becomes important if you go ceramic.

0
4ec0fe4b4aab327f7efa2dfb06b032ff

(5145)

on June 19, 2012
at 03:30 PM

Don't do it. Boiling isn't paleo.

0
B4e1fa6a8cf43d2b69d97a99dfca262c

(10255)

on June 19, 2012
at 03:24 PM

if you are not getting timely notification of contamination in your water supply a good UV system would kill off whatever pathogen is in the water. have they told you what type of contaminant it is? it could be bacteria or virus or parasite. some of these can cause eye/skin/ear infection if you use the water for bathing/showering.

19acef0aed67ef8dc1118d8e74edb349

(2954)

on June 19, 2012
at 10:44 PM

Whoa, that's awful. Now I wish i'd taken more cod liver oil and vitamin d to boost immune system- Silly girl I am! The neighbor lady said it was something that can cause kidney damage so looking around online it must be e-coli. Gross.

0
34a367e60db77270bd7096dc04270fdc

(4171)

on June 19, 2012
at 01:26 PM

I understand your frustration with having to boil water and even that you're not being notified properly but, it seems to me that if you know water is an issue, I'd be calling the water dept everyday to check or just plan to boil it regardless. Also, at least you have water - millions in other countries don't even have enough, they probably wouldn't complain if they needed to boil it.

19acef0aed67ef8dc1118d8e74edb349

(2954)

on June 19, 2012
at 01:42 PM

Thanks I apreciate the moral lesson, just after a year on and off you get tired of boiling boiling boiling, after all this is not a 3rd world country ^ ^ Good idea to call the water department. Every day though, they might consider me a loony, hehe! :-D

F0e558010a2ecb31fa37b7c491596b8e

(3850)

on June 19, 2012
at 01:53 PM

Well in that case, it sounds like they are dropping the ball somewhere. Or your elderly neighbor was possibly incorrect? The EPA sets pretty strict requirements for notification in these situations. A lot of it depends on the size of the community you live in and what media is available. You might want to call the department and just verify if you actually are under an order and find out how they notified people. If you really think they are not getting the word out, call your State agency and let them know. It is very serious.

F0e558010a2ecb31fa37b7c491596b8e

(3850)

on June 19, 2012
at 01:42 PM

Not getting the notifications is a problem, but a lot of people don't get them because they don't give the water department their phone numbers, don't watch cable TV, and don't read the newspaper. If that is the case, people need to find out how their department does notifications and make sure they are paying attention. If the system uses reverse 911 and you only have a cell phone, you need to give them your phone number so you get the alerts. Some more savvy towns/cities also use twitter and facebook so find out and subscribe to their alerts.

19acef0aed67ef8dc1118d8e74edb349

(2954)

on June 19, 2012
at 10:41 PM

There is boil water order, just the old lady reads the newapaper and watches Tv, she must have found out that way. The shop keeper in the nearby store also asked me if I knew about the water. It's good that i can (hopefully) be put on a "call me" list, so I'll ask about it tomorrow.I'm pretty sure they just assume everyone has tv, newspaper, and so on. Of course, the people on welfare always seem to have high speed interenet and full cable tv channels, so I can see why they'd think that, x__X

19acef0aed67ef8dc1118d8e74edb349

(2954)

on June 19, 2012
at 01:47 PM

Didn't know I could sign up for notification by phone, that's cool. I do read newspaper on their website, there's no public notices. Also went to town website and state health department website, there's nothing. I don't have any sort or Tv service, not since the Dtv change. Not that I watched tv anyway.

19acef0aed67ef8dc1118d8e74edb349

(2954)

on June 19, 2012
at 10:46 PM

So the revserse 911 thing, if I had a landline, I would get voice mail or something to notify me, even if I didn-t sign up for notifications. That's very interesting!

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