When pathogens contaminate a community’s drinking water, a boil-water advisory or boil-water order is given by the government or health authorities. Under a boil-water advisory (BWA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that water be brought to a rolling boil for one minute before it is consumed in order to kill protozoa, bacteria, and viruses.
It is standard regulation to put out a boil-water advisory when there is a break in a water line. A sample is taken from the line and sent to a lab for testing. This process can take anywhere from 24 to 72 hours. It is also required that the local media be notified so they can then notify the public. As soon as the results are sent back to our office, we will then notify the media that the advisory has been lifted.
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