Boil Water Notice for the Lighthouse Waterworks District

From the flyer I got in my door:

"Attention Lighthouse Waterworks District.

There is a Boil Water Notice until further notice. Do not use our system's water without first boiling.

A notice will be posted at the pump-house located at Aya Reach and Georgina Point Road when boiling is no longer required.

If you require further information contact one of your trustees."

I left the names and phone numbers of the trustees off here, in case they didn't want them published on the web.

I have a couple of questions if anyone reading this might be able to answer them. Just click the link below that shows the number of comments.

A look around the internet seems to indicate that the boiling time recommended by various agencies varies from 1 minute to 12 minutes. Anyone have any definitive info?

What about dishes? I couldn't possibly boil enough water to deal with the dishes too. Does just drying them off after take care of anything that might be in the water? I was thinking of making a final rinse with a bit of bleach in it, but I'm not sure of the amounts.

I'll do a little more Google research to see if I find anything that looks credible and post it here.

EDIT: I just found some contradictory advice on a web site.

"Common water boiling times that are stated include:
• Boil water for 10 minutes” is a common statement
• 5-minutes of boiling” is also frequently heard
• Boil the water for 20 minutes”. Would there be any left?
• A rolling boil for 1 minute”. Is it enough?
• When at high altitudes you need to boil water for twice as long

The correct amount of time to boil water is 0 minutes. Thats right, zero minutes.

'According to the Wilderness Medical Society, water temperatures above 160° F (70° C) kill all pathogens within 30 minutes and above 185° F (85° C) within a few minutes. So in the time it takes for the water to reach the boiling point (212° F or 100° C) from 160° F (70° C), all pathogens will be killed, even at high altitude.' " LINK

Posted November 2009

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