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Boiling Water Is Essential For Safe Water Consumption After Flood

When massive flooding due to hurricane size storms occur there is serious concern for the quality of drinking water. Therefore, the state Department of Environmental Protection suggests some safety precautions for flood victims.

Safety Tips:

  • Throw away uncooked food or beverages or ice cubes if made with tap water made after the time of the EPA flood advisory.
  • Keep boiled water in the refrigerator for drinking.
    • Bring tap water to a rolling boil for one minute and allow to cool before using for consumption; drinking, ice cubes, washing vegetables and fruit, and for brushing teeth.
  • Rinse hand-washed dishes for a minute in diluted bleach (one tablespoon of household bleach per gallon of tap water) or clean your dishes in a dishwasher using the hot wash and dry cycle.
  • Do not swallow water while you are showering or bathing.
  • Provide pets with boiled water after cooling.
  • Do not use home filtering devices in place of boiling or using bottled water.
  • Use only boiled water to treat minor injuries.
  • Individuals with compromised immune systems, infants, or the elderly may be at increased risk and should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers.

Call the EPA’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline at (800) 426-4791 for other guidelines on ways to lessen the risk of infection by microbes.

Related Products:

For small to moderate flooding:
Flood Barriers

For moderate to heavy flooding:
Sandless Sandbags

For heavy to severe flooding:
Water Gate

Related Information:

Flood / Emergency:

Flood Safety Tips: Food Safety

Flood Safety Tips: Safe Drinking Water

Emergency Preparation: Create an Inventory of Your Home

Be Prepared: What to do before a flood