Understanding A Boil Water Advisory


What is a Boil Water Advisory (BWA)?

A BWA is a notification that advises residents to boil their tap water used for consumption (drinking, cooking, making ice, etc.).  Typically, a utility issues a BWA when there is a major repair or a possibility of water contamination.  In some cases, a BWA is issued to comply with the law.   A Boil Water Notice is in effect until laboratory results show that water is safe from bacterial contamination. All water supplied by WUM is chlorinated, which lessens the chance of contamination.  We issue BWAs out of an abundance of caution, and to comply with regulation.

What should you do?

Bring your water to a rolling boil for 2 minutes (cool it before you drink it!)   This is only for water that you will consume; i.e drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, or preparing food.   Other water uses don’t require boiling, like bathing, washing clothes or dishes and other activities where water is used externally.

In lieu of boiling, you may purchase bottled water or obtain water from some other suitable source.

How much does boiling water accomplish?

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), boiling is considered the most effective and the safest method of water disinfection. You may find that boiled water tastes rather flat. To get rid of the blandness, aerate it by pouring it back and forth from one container to another and allow it to stand for a few hours, or add a pinch of salt for each quart or liter of water boiled.