LAFAYETTE COUNTY, MS (WMC) - A boil water alert has been issued for customers who receive their drinking water from Harmontown Water Association in Lafayette County.
According to the Harmontown Water Association, the alert affects approximately 1,500 customers in the area.
Water system officials notified the Mississippi State Department of Health of a system-wide pressure loss that resulted from an electrical problem.
Because of the pressure loss, it put the water in danger of being contaminated.
Public health officials consider any system that loses pressure contaminated until tests prove otherwise. Health officials strongly recommend that all water be boiled vigorously for one minute before it is consumed.
The water system will be notified when tests show the water is safe to drink.
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.