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Planning Ahead: Boil Water Alerts

Most public water in the US is safe to drink, but problems can arise that affect the water quality. This often occurs once water has left the treatment plant. Due to a breach of the water lines or a natural disaster, such as a flood or earthquake, the water can become contaminated before it reaches your home.

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Another common problem is that aging municipal infrastructure can break down and lead to water contamination. In these cases, a boil water alert may be issued by the city or county.

What Is a Boil Water Alert?

A boil water alert is a notification sent out when there is a strong possibility of bacterial contamination in the local water supply.

The water should not be consumed from the tap without boiling it first. Bring the water to a full, rolling boil for one minute to kill harmful bacteria and parasites.

You also can add eight drops of unscented bleach into one gallon of water and let it sit for 30 minutes. This process will effectively disinfect the water. Note that you should not drink, shower, or brush your teeth with contaminated water!

Boil water alerts are becoming more common in the US as our infrastructure is aging—water lines in some cities are almost 100 years old—and the population continues to grow.

Plan Ahead!

Fortunately, there are steps you can take to be prepared in case of a boil water alert in your area. After all, who wants to go through the inconvenience of boiling water every time you want a glass? Keep in mind, the city of Syracuse, NY reported they had a water break in their system every day of the year. Syracuse isn’t alone—aging infrastructure is a problem all over the U.S.

The best solution to filter and disinfect water in case of emergency is our Pelican Whole House Water Filter System With UV. Our low-maintenance Pelican Carbon Series filters the entire home’s water supply before it enters the residence. It has the added benefit of UV disinfection, which uses an efficient ultraviolet light to disinfect the water after the filtration process is complete. This whole house system is affordable, long-lasting, and will keep your water as safe and pure as possible – boil alert or not!

This whole house water filtration system with UV gives you:

  • Cleaner, filtered water
  • Softer hair and skin
  • No water waste
  • 5-year guarantee and a lifetime limited warranty on tank and parts
  • Biological protection against chlorine-resistant bacteria

UV protection will kill 99.9% of viruses and bacteria in water, and can be used instead of boiling water in an emergency. It will kill the most common bacteria that contaminate water, including Hepatitis A, E. Coli, Cryptosporidium and Giardia.

It is also Class B certified, meaning that it is effective for use on previously treated water as a supplemental protection option against chlorine-resistant bacteria.

So, if you are worried about potential contamination in your water supply, sleep well at night with a comprehensive water filtration solution from Pelican.

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