4:51 PM EST, December 11, 2012
NILAND — A boil water order has been issued for water customers in Niland due to damage to a water transmission line, according to a press release from Golden State Water Co.
Damage caused by a contractor performing work for another company has prompted the California Department of Public Health in conjunction with the Imperial County Health Department and Golden State Water Co. to advise customers in Niland to use boiled tap water or bottled water for drinking and cooking purposes as a safety precaution.
This is a precautionary boil water notice, according to Golden State. The company will inform residents when tests show that water is safe to drink and residents no longer need to boil their water. The company anticipates resolving the problem within 48 hours.
To make the tap water safe, bring to a boil and let it boil for one minute. Let it cool before using, or use bottled water. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water and this is the preferred method to assure that the water is safe to drink.
If residents are not able to boil their water, they are being advised to use fresh, unscented, liquid household bleach. To do so, add eight drops (or 1/8 teaspoon) of bleach per gallon of clear water or 16 drops (or 1/4 teaspoon) per gallon of cloudy water. Mix thoroughly and allow it to stand for 30 minutes before using. A chlorine-like taste and odor will result from this disinfection procedure and is an indication that adequate disinfection has taken place.
Another alternative method includes using water disinfection tablets used by following the manufacturer’s instructions.
For more information call Golden State Water Company Customer Service at 800-999-4033.
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