boil water alert info

    Published: July 26, 2016

    What to Do in a Boil Water Alert

    As the recent outbreak of water contaminations and crises across the country has demonstrated, our water infrastructure isn’t as reliable as once believed. Many municipalities are issuing frequent boil water alerts when contamination of the water supply is suspected.


    Bacterial or chemical contamination of your tap water can occur for a variety of reasons. The aging pipes that transport your water may be leeching lead or other substances into the water. Natural phenomenon, like floods or earthquakes, can also damage pipelines and cause contamination, but most often the system itself is responsible for the infected water.

    When you receive a boil water alert, you must immediately take the proper precautions and steps to disinfect the water entering your home. Until the water is treated do not brush your teeth or take a shower with your water, and certainly don’t drink it.

    Under a boil water alert, follow these steps:

    • Fill a large pot with tap water and turn on your burner.
    • Heat the water until it begins to boil. Do not start timing until the bubbles are forming at the bottom of the pot.
    • Once this is occurring, let the water boil for at least 60 seconds.
    • Let the water cool down before consumption.

    When your area is under a boil water alert, take the time to clean and disinfect some large containers, like jugs and gallon-sized plastic tubs, to store water. You can boil multiple pots of water at once then store it for quick use and consumption later.

    If your electricity is out or you otherwise cannot boil your water, you can disinfect your water with 1/8 of a teaspoon of unscented bleach. We advise taking this extra step in addition to boiling to be safe, as simply boiling water doesn’t always eliminate every form of bacteria. Mix the bleach into one gallon of water and wait at least 30 minutes before consumption.

    To safeguard against future water alerts in your area, we strongly advise homeowners to install a whole house filter with UV protection. This cautionary step alleviates the stress and worry of a boil water alert. Your water will already by filtered and disinfected by an industry-grade filtration system, which eliminates 99.9% of all bacteria and chlorine taste and odor. This saves time and energy in the event that a boil water alert is issued in your area.

    Now Pelican Water has the ultimate guarantee – the new Pelican Water purifier filters bacteria and other harmful contaminants from your water easily and safely. Harmful bacteria like coliform will no longer be cause for concern when your family is protected by one of our top-rated filters. And remember, until you invest in a filtration system, always properly boil and disinfect all of your water until after the alert expires.