During a Boil Order, what can I use my tap water for?

Use the following guidelines to see what you can use your tap water for:

  • Baby's formula - No
  • Brushing teeth - No
  • Coffee, tea, lemonade, etc. - No
  • Drinking - No
  • Ice cubes - No, and existing ice cubes should be thrown out.
  • Laundry - Yes
  • Preparing food - No
  • Washing fruit/vegetables - No
  • Watering grass or garden - Yes, but fruits/vegetables must be washed using pre-boiled or bottled water before consumption.

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1. Why have I been notified?
2. Why must I boil my water?
3. How long will the Boil Order remain in effect?
4. How can I make my water safe?
5. Can I use bottled water?
6. During a Boil Order, what can I use my tap water for?
7. Can I wash my hands using tap water?
8. Can my family take showers or baths using tap water?
9. Can I wash dishes using tap water?
10. Can I use my coffee maker, ice machine, water or soda dispenser?
11. Can I give my pets tap water?
12. Who can be affected?
13. What are the symptoms of water-borne illness?
14. What if I drank water already?
15. What is E. coli bacteria?