Boyle-Skene water alert lifted
Aug 19, 2014 | 1035 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Mississippi State Department of Health today lifted the precautionary “boil water alert” for customers who get their water from the Boyle-Skene Water System in Bolivar County.

Tests performed by the department indicate water is now safe to drink

The alert was imposed Friday afternoon after a sampling showed the presence of total coliform bacteria in the drinking water.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency sets drinking water standards and has determined that the presence of total coliform is a public health concern.

Coliforms are bacteria that are naturally present in the environment and are used as an indicator that other potentially harmful bacteria may be present.

Coliforms were found in more samples than allowed and this was a warning of potential problems with the treatment process or pipes which distribute the water.

When your boil-water notice is lifted:

Flush faucets for a total of 10 minutes to introduce system water throughout house plumbing.

Example:

1 faucet — run for 10 minutes

2 faucets — run both for 5 minutes

3 faucets — run each for 3-4 minutes

Flush any faucet a minimum of 2 minutes to ensure clearing of the line serving the faucet.

Discard any drinks, ice, food, etc, made during the boil water notice.

Rewash any food or drink contact items (knives, forks, plates, etc.) with "cleared" system water.

Check water filters (in faucets, refrigerators and elsewhere) and replace if necessary.

Do not use water from your hot water heater for drinking until several exchanges of the tank have occurred.

Run dishwasher through a cycle or two before washing dishes.