Oakland County health officer: Don't drink water after boil water alert lifts

Posted at 5:01 PM, Oct 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-27 11:41:59-04

Once a boil water advisory ends, that does not mean residents can drink or use the water right away, said Leigh-Ann Stafford, health officer for Oakland County. 

Residents need to be aware of affected appliances and devices, including medical and water filtration devices, hot water tanks, ice machines, coffee machines and pop machines.

Residents also should be aware that they cannot wash fruit, vegetables and food preparation surfaces, as well as use the ice or water from refrigerators until steps are followed to flush internal water systems and devices.

When a homeowner is notified that the boil water advisory has been lifted, they need to flush water from their faucets and hot water tanks, replace filters and check appliances and devices, such as dishwashers, refrigerators, water softeners, portable humidifiers and furnace humidifiers.

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