Douglas Co. Officials Offer Drinking Water Safety Tips After Flooding

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Douglas Co. Officials Offer Drinking Water Safety Tips After Flooding

August 2, 2011 Updated Aug 2, 2011 at 2:47 PM CST

Douglas Co., WI (Northland's NewsCenter) Due to the recent heavy rain event and subsequent flooding throughout Douglas County, the following water safety guidelines should be followed:

1. If you have a well that had been flooded, the water should be tested and disinfected after flood waters recede. If you suspect that your well may be contaminated, contact your local or state health department or agriculture extension for specific advice.

2. Do not use contaminated water to wash dishes, brush your teeth, wash and prepare food, wash your hands, make ice, or make baby formula. If possible, use baby formula that doesn't need to have water added.

3. If you use bottled water, be sure it came from a safe source. If you don't know that the water came from a safe source, you should boil or treat it before you use it. Use only bottled, boiled, or treated water until your supply is tested and found safe.

4. Boiling water, when practical, is the preferred way to kill harmful bacteria and parasites. Bringing water to a rolling boil for 1 minute will kill most organisms.

For more information on food and drinking water safety please call the Douglas County Department of Health and Human Services at; 218-390-3617

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