LAFAYETTE COUNTY, MS (WMC) - More than 2,600 people in Lafayette County, Mississippi are under a boil water alert Friday after harmful bacteria was discovered in three of the county's public water systems.
Total coliform bacteria were found in samples of drinking water from the Anchor Water Association in Oxford, the Town of Abbeville Water Department, and the Turner Springs Water Association in Abbeville.
The Mississippi Department of Health strongly recommends affected customers to boil water vigorously for one minute before drinking. The boil water precaution will remain in effect for at least two full days and water system officials will be notified when the alert is lifted.
Here are other Dos and Don'ts to remember during a boil water alert:
-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.