So, why a boil order? Usually it's a result of flooding (or other natural disaster), broken water lines, or pumping difficulties. When this happens, there is a possibility of contaminated water which can cause many illnesses.
What do you do next? Boil water? Yes…but there are some specifics about handling water and other water products in your home. Here are some steps to put into action.
First, boil water vigorously for three to five minutes prior to use. Use only boiled water for drinking, diluting fruit juices, and all other food preparation. To improve the flavor of the flat taste of boiled water, store in the refrigerator and pour back and forth from one clean and sanitized container to another. Put a cup over your faucets as a reminder to not use untreated water - even to brush your teeth!