Boil Your Water Before Using in Fire Closure Area
Incident: Station Fire Wildfire
BOIL YOUR WATER BEFORE USING
Failure to follow this advisory could result in stomach or intestinal illness.
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Due to the ongoing Station Fire, power outages and mandatory evacuation order in the Angeles National Forest, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Drinking Water Program in conjunction with the Station Fire Incident are advising residents of Angeles National Forest Area Closed Due to the Station Fire, to use boiled tap water or bottled water for drinking and cooking purposes as a safety precaution upon the return to the residency for a temporary period.
DO NOT DRINK THE WATER WITHOUT BOILING IT FIRST. Bring all water to a boil, let it boil for one (1) minute, and let it cool before using, or use bottled water. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking and food preparation until further notice. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water. [or This is the preferred method to assure that the water is safe to drink.]
Optional alternative to include for prolonged situations where it fits.
- An alternative method of purification for residents that do not have gas or electricity available is to use fresh liquid household bleach (Clorox, Purex, etc.). To do so, add 8 drops (or 1/4 teaspoon) of bleach per gallon of clear water or 16 drops (or 1/2 teaspoon) per gallon of cloudy water, mix thoroughly, and allow to stand for 30 minutes before using. A chlorine-like taste and odor will result from this purification procedure and is an indication that adequate disinfection has taken place.
- Water purification tablets may also be used by following the manufacturer's instructions.
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Drinking Water Program will require bacteriological sampling and analysis with lab confirmation lifting this Boil Water Order. We will inform you when tests show no bacteria and you no longer need to boil your water.
Los Angeles County Environmental Health Drinking Water Program
5050 Commerce Drive Baldwin Park, CA 91706
Last updated - 08/26/09