Hancock Co. residents told to boil water

By WLOX Staff

HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - The Hancock Water and Sewer District issued a boil water notice Tuesday morning that takes effect immediately.

Officials said an electrical failure is to blame for the shutdown, which impacts 854 customers. Residents should bring their water to a rolling boil for a full minute before consuming.

Anyone with questions can call the Hancock Water and Sewer District office at (228) 467-6208.

What does boiling water accomplish? |
Boiling is considered the safest and most effective method of water disinfection. Vigorous boiling for two minutes will kill any disease-causing microorganisms and parasites present in water. The flat taste of boiled water can be improved by aeration: pouring it back and forth from one container to another. In lieu of boiling, you may purchase bottled water or get water from another suitable source.

When should I boil my tap water?
It's prudent to boil water when your water supplier issues a boil-water notice, when service has been interrupted, or when a natural disaster like a flood or hurricane has disrupted water service.

What is a boil-water notice?
It is a notification that advises customers to boil tap water used for drinking, cooking and ice-making until tests verify the water is safe. The tests generally take 24 hours to complete. It is not necessary to boil water for showering or other external uses.

When are boil-water notices issued?
Water suppliers are required by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to notify customers to boil water when water samples indicate contamination or when conditions exist that make the water supply vulnerable to contamination. These conditions include a drop in system pressure to below 20 pounds per square inch, a break in a major distribution line, a malfunction of the treatment system, or a cross-connection to a contaminated water supply.

Why do these conditions call for boiling water?
When service is interrupted and distribution lines are emptied, contaminants can enter the lines that transport water. Although waterborne diseases are extremely rare, they can be serious. The risk is higher for infants, the elderly and persons with immune deficiency disorders.

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