Boil order issued for the Mire-Branch system

A boil order has been issued for some customers of Mire Branch Water.

The system is to put 2229 Meche Rd and 2211 Meche Rd as well as all of Eugene Dupuis Road under a boil water advisory due to a break on a mainline.

The boil order is in place until further notice.

Here is the CDC’s guidance on a boil water advisory:

Use bottled or boiled water for drinking and for preparing and cooking food.

If bottled water is not available, bring water to a full boil for 1 minute (at altitudes above 6,500 feet, boil for 3 minutes). After boiling, allow the water to cool before use.

Boil tap water even if it is filtered (for example, by a household water filter or pitcher that filters water).

Do not use water from an appliance connected to your water line, such as ice and water from a refrigerator.

Breastfeeding is the best infant feeding option. If you feed your child formula, provide ready-to-use formula if possible.

Hand washing
In many cases, you can use tap water and soap to wash your hands during a boil water advisory. Follow the advice of your local public health officials.

Be sure to scrub your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Then rinse them well under running water.

If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol.

Bath and shower
Be careful not to swallow water when bathing or showering.

Be careful when bathing babies and young children. Consider giving him a sponge bath to reduce the risk of him swallowing water.

Brushing teeth
Brush your teeth with boiled or bottled water. Do not use tap water that you have not boiled first.

Wash the dishes
If possible, use disposable plates, cups and utensils during a boil water advisory.

Household dishwashers are generally safe to use if:

The water reaches a final rinse temperature of at least 150 degrees Fahrenheit (66°Celsius), or

Dish water has a disinfection cycle.

Disinfect all bottles.

To wash dishes by hand:

Wash and rinse dishes as you normally would with hot water.

In a separate basin, add 1 teaspoon of unscented household bleach for every gallon of warm water.

Soak the rinsed dishes in the water for at least one minute.

Allow dishes to air dry completely before using again.

Laundry
It is safe to wash clothes as usual.

Cleaning
Clean toys and washable surfaces with:

Bottled water,

Boiled water or

Water disinfected with bleach

Take care of pets
Pets can get sick from some of the same germs as humans, or pass germs to humans. Give pets bottled water or cooled boiled water.

If bottled water is not available, bring water to a full boil for 1 minute (at altitudes above 6,500 feet, boil for 3 minutes). After boiling, allow the water to cool before use.

Boil tap water even if it is filtered (for example, by a household water filter or pitcher that filters water).

Do not use water from an appliance connected to your water line, such as ice and water from a refrigerator.

Take care of your garden and indoor plants
You can use tap water for home plants and gardens.

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