The city of Rio Dell’s Boil Water Advisory has been lifted as of 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 28
Impacted residents are advised to "flush" their water following the lifting of the Boil Water Advisory to clear plumbing of potentially contaminated water. Flushing your household and building water lines includes interior and exterior faucets, showers, water and ice dispensers, and water treatment units.
The following guidance is recommended by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
- Flush pipes throughout the facility by running each faucet with cold water for several minutes. If you have a single-lever faucet, set it to run the cold water first.
- Flush, clean, and sanitize appliances that use tap water such as: beverage dispensers, spray misters, coffee and tea urns, ice machines, glass washers, dishwashers, etc. according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Run water softeners through a regeneration cycle.
- Flush hot water tanks. To clear hot-water pipes and water heaters of untreated water, flush the hot water line for a minimum of 15 minutes for a typical household 40-gallon hot-water tank, 30 minutes for an 80- gallon hot water tank or larger. After flushing hot water pipes and water heater, run dishwasher empty one time.
- Run drinking fountains continuously for several minutes to flush the system.
- Replace and sanitize water filter cartridges according to the manufacturer's instructions.
- Take proper steps to flush ice machines by following the manufacturer’s instructions, including:
- Throw out any remaining ice.
- Flush the water line to the machine inlet.
- Close the valve on the water line behind the machine.
- Disconnect the water line from the machine inlet.
- Open the valve and run 5 gallons of water through the valve.
- Dispose of the water, and close the valve.
- Discard any water used in humidifiers, Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP), oral, medical, or health care devices, and rinse the device with clean water.
- Discard baby formula and other foods prepared with water on the day or days of the boil water advisory.
For more information visit: https://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/emergency/dwa-comm-toolbox/before/tools/Guidelines-for-Food-Service-508.pdf
The most important thing you can do while the community recovers is to keep informed.