Fort Knox has a “boil water advisory”! You should use bottled water or boil tap water. This is because a boil water advisory means your community’s water has, or could have, germs that can make you sick. This guidance applies to your pets as well, they can get sick from the same germs!
- Use bottled or boiled water for drinking, and to prepare and cook food.
- If bottled water is not available, boil the tap water for 1 minute. Allow the water to cool before use!
- Boil tap water even if it is filtered (for example, by a home water filter or a pitcher that filters water).
- Do not use water from any appliance connected to your water line, such as ice and water from a refrigerator. Once the advisory is lifted, throw away all ice made during the advisory and run each line for at least 1-3 minutes.
- Breastfeeding is the best infant feeding option. If you formula feed your child, provide ready-to-use formula, if possible.
- In many cases, you can use tap water and soap to wash hands during a boil water advisory.
- Be sure to scrub your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Then, rinse them well under running water.
- If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Bathing and showering
- Be careful not to swallow any water when bathing or showering. Consider giving them a sponge bath for babies and children.
- Brush teeth with boiled or bottled water. Do not use tap water that you have not boiled first.
- If possible, use disposable plates, cups, and utensils during a boil water advisory.
- Household dishwashers generally are safe to use if:
- The water reaches a final rinse temperature of at least 150 degrees Fahrenheit (66°Celsius), or
- The dishwater has a sanitizing cycle.
- Sanitize all baby bottles.
- To wash dishes by hand:
- Wash and rinse the dishes as you normally would using hot water.
- In a separate basin, add 1 teaspoon of unscented household liquid bleach for each gallon of warm water.
- Soak the rinsed dishes in the water for at least one minute.
- Let the dishes air dry completely before using again.
- It is safe to wash clothes as usual.
- Clean washable toys and surfaces with:
- Bottled water,
- Boiled water, or
- Water that has been disinfected with bleach (5 tablespoons (1/3 cup) of bleach per gallon of room temperature water or 4 teaspoons of bleach per quart of room temperature water).
Caring for your garden and houseplants
- You can use tap water for household plants and gardens.