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Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Sonya Kawartha Lakes 7 Boil Water Advisory Tips For You!

Boil Water Advisory in effect for Sonya City of Kawartha Lakes

Update: February 7 See: http://adf.ly/4009826/sonya-boil-water-update
Kawartha Lakres Mums ever endured a boil water advisory? A boil water advisory is currently in effect for Sonya. Residents are instructed to boil all water which is it to be used for human consumption. Here are a few tips to help with dealing with living under a boil water advisory.

Living with a boil water advisory is very frustrating, and can be costly too. However it is extremely important to follow the advisory. If you know someone in the Sonya area,  they may appreciate you taking them some water from your home, or an invitation to shower at your place.

Boil Water Advisory Tips

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Boil Water Image from Indi
  1. Bring tap water to a rolling boil for at least one minute before using it for household purposes.Water treatment devices, such as those built into taps or jugs, are not effective in removing many organisms.
  2. Boiled water can taste flat. Shaking air into water or adding a little salt can help the flavour.
  3. Avoid slip ups! During a boil water advisory, keep bottles of clean water next to sinks drinking; making drinks, infant formula and ice cubes; tooth brushing; cooking and steaming food; and cleaning vegetables.
  4. Washing dishes? Water for washing dishes should be hot, but doesn't need to be boiled. A small amount of bleach can be added to rinse water for disinfecting.
  5. Eating vegetables from your garden? Well maybe not in this season, but if you do, make sure they are well-cooked before eating them.
  6. Adults and teenagers can take showers, if they don't swallow any water. Sponge baths are safer than showers for younger children.Tub baths should be avoided. If possible, go to a recreation centre and shower there.
  7. Tape plastic bags over taps and showerheads so you don't turn them on out of habit
For more information, contact the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit at 705-324-3569.
Do you have some helpful boil water advisory tips? Please leave a comment below.
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