A boil order has been issued to your water system because water system was shut off and repairs were completed and the possibility of a presence of organisms that could cause illness (e.g., fecal or E. coli bacteria), or technical/physical problems in the water system have significantly increased the possibility of bacterial contamination.
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It means the water that comes out of the tap should not be used for drinking, brushing your teeth, cooking or washing fruits and vegetables. You should use bottled water for these activities.
The affected tap water should be brought to a rolling boil for 3‐5 minutes before being used.
Each boil order situation is different, making it impossible to predict how long the boil order will remain in effect. It will not be lifted until testing shows that the water meets public health standards and water samples test clear of coliforms. The City of Elmhurst will notify you when the boil order is lifted with a “Green Notice” on your door.
There is nothing you can do about the exposure you have already received. If you become ill, contact your health care provider. Follow the above recommendations about using your water until you are told the water is safe again.
Disease symptoms may include diarrhea, cramps, nausea and possible jaundice and associated headaches and fatigue. Symptoms may appear as early as a few hours to several days after infection and may last more than two weeks. These symptoms, however, are not just associated with disease‐causing organisms in drinking water; they may also be caused by a number of other factors. If you are ill with these symptoms, contact your health care provider.
During a boil order, only bottled water or water that has been boiled for 3‐5 minutes should be consumed or used to wash dishes, wash fruits/vegetables, make ice cubes or brush teeth.
It is recommended that bottled water or water boiled for 3‐5 minutes should be used for hand washing. When this is not practical, it is recommended that if tap water must be used to wash and rinse, it should be followed up with the use of a hand sanitizer. Consuming unsafe water is the most likely way to become ill. Using extra precautions with hand washing ensures that hands are clean for eating.
Yes, it is safe to shower or bathe in the water. The primary concern is that the water not be consumed. Instruct children not to put the water in their mouth when they are bathing. When bathing infants, extra precaution should be taken including the use of bottled water or water that has been boiled for 3‐5 minutes and cooled for use.
Use bottled water or water that has been boiled for 3‐5 minutes to wash and rinse dishes. Home dishwashers cannot be assured to completely kill organisms that may be in the water.
Yes, you may continue to use the water to wash clothes. The major concern is consuming the water
The DuPage County Health Department is responsible for checking area restaurants to confirm that safe practices are being followed. Special procedures are required for them to ensure that food preparation and handling is done in a safe manner. Additional procedures are also required to provide safe dishwashing.
When the precautionary boil order is lifted you will receive a (GREEN) notice from the City that you may return to normal use of your water service.
Animals generally are not affected in the same way as people by contaminants in the water. An individual may give their pet bottled water or water that has been boiled for 3‐5 minutes and cooled if they choose. Fish tanks should not be affected.
Cleaning the breast area with soap and bottled water or water boiled for 3‐5 minutes and cooled prior to feeding will provide assurance that the child not ingest contaminants that may be on the skin.
Anyone who receives a bill for water services from the local municipality that is under a boil order should observe the boil order.
Anyone who ingests contaminated water may become ill. Infants, young children, the elderly, and people with severely compromised immune systems are more at risk of illness.