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Boil-water alert issued for Quitman and Panola Counties


The Mississippi State Department of Health issued a boil-water alert for customers who use water from Norfleet Utilities, Inc. in Quitman County and from the Town of Crenshaw in Panola County.

Samples from Norfleet Utilities' supplier, the Town of Crenshaw, contained coliform bacteria. According to the Department of Health, coliform bacteria are used as an indicator that other potentially harmful bacteria may be present in the water supply.

The alert affects approximately 102 customers in Quitman County and 885 customers in Panola County.

Health officials urged that customers boil water vigorously for one minute before consuming it. They added that the precaution will last at least two full days. The Department of Health will notify water system officials when the alert is lifted.

The Mississippi State Department of Health released the following safe water check list:


  • Do not drink tap water while the water system is under a boil water advisory.
  • Do not drink from water fountains in parks, public or private buildings that receive water from the affected system.
  • Do not use ice unless it has been made with boiled water. Freezing will not necessarily kill harmful bacteria.
  • Do not use tap water to make drinks, juices, or fountain soft drinks.


  • Wash your dishes in boiled water, or use paper plates for the next few days.
  • Wash your fruits and vegetables with boiled or bottled water since they may have been exposed to affected water from grocery store sprayers.
  • Wash your hands and bathe as usual. Bathing is safe as long as no water is swallowed.
  • Brush your teeth with boiled or bottled water.
  • Cook with tap water if the food will be boiled for at least one minute.


  • Properly chlorinated water in swimming pools is safe.
  • Fish in aquariums are not affected.

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