LAFAYETTE COUNTY, MS (WMC) - The Mississippi Department of Health is asking residents of Lafayette County to boil their water.
Health officials strongly recommend all customers who get water from the Anchor Water Association water supply to boil their water vigorously for one minute before drinking it.
Officials found total coliform bacteria in the drinking water. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, coliforms are often an indicator that more harmful bacteria could be present.
The boil water alert affects more than 2,000 people living in the area. It will be active for at least two days.
- 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.
When the boil-water notice is lifted, flush faucets for a total of 10 minutes to clear your plumbing system.