'Boil Water' Alerts
What You Should Do!
Where a local authority advises that Giardia and or Cryptosporidium has been detected in the drinking water supply and has issued a Boil Water alert, the following precautions should always be taken where a certified water filtering system eliminating such contaminants is not in use.
As a precaution any water used for human consumption should be brought to a rolling boil for at least 3 continual minutes. Water should then be allowed to cool and stored in a clean container with a lid and refrigerated.
Boiled water should be used for drinking, cooking, washing uncooked foods(such as seafood and salads),making ice, personal hygiene, pets drinking water, washing hands, cleaning teeth and gargling.
Special care should be taken for those with weakened immune systems, ie immunosuppressed, those on dialysis treatment and the aged.
Symptoms of Giardia and Cryptosporidium include diarrhoea, abdominal pain, slight fever or vomiting. These are both highly likely outcomes where the above recommendations are not strictly followed.
The following alerts are not all Giardia or Cryptosporidium related, however in most instances the above recommendations should be adhered to whatever the basis of any water contamination alert.
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Consumers should be aware that the boiling of water will not remove toxins found in drinking water due to blue green algae outbreaks. For further drinking water recommendations we recommend that consumers call us on 02 97121022 or email us at email@example.com for advice.