This could quite possibly be the worst timing for a notice of this sort with such hot summer days ahead of us.
So what should you do if you’re affected by the boil-water advisory? First of all, bottled water is the safestbest. But that can get pricey, so make sure that any water you or your furry friends consume is boiled for a minimum of one minute. And that’s a rolling boil for one minute.
According to Urgence Toronto , you should also boil water for any of the below:
- Preparing infant formula, feeding bottles and baby food
- Preparing drinks, juices, tea and coffee
- Washing fruits and vegetables that are eaten raw
- Preparing foods that do not require prolonged cooking (canned soups, jelly, etc.)
- Making ice cubes
- Brushing your teeth
- Providing drinking water for pets such as dogs, cats, birds and reptiles.
Boiled water can be good for up to three days as long as it’s stored in a sealed container in your fridge. It’s also good for up to 24 hours at room temperature. But who wants lukewarm water?
E.coli contamination can have some pretty nasty side effects.
Consult your doctor if you have any of the following symptoms:
- mild fever
- severe stomach cramps
- watery or bloody diarrhea
Symptoms can take anywhere from 1 to 10 days after exposure to show up.