City officials in Downey, California sent out a health-related announcement urging Downey residents to boil their tap water for at least one minute before consuming it.
The warning came after officials found bacteria in three out of 25 water sampling stations. Water used in showers and baths does not need to be boiled as long as it does not enter the mouth.
Maintenance crews flushed out hydrants over night and health officials says Downey’s tap water will be unsafe until Sunday. Here are some other tips they have provided to help Downey residents avoid the harmful bacteria in the tap water:
-Only brush your teeth with boiled water.
-Wash dishes with hot, soapy water, rinse in boiled water and let them air dry before using.
-Use the highest temperature setting and the heated dry cycle on dishwashers.
-Water filtration systems will not protect against the bacteria; boil all drinking water.
-Don’t forget to boil water for pets and infant formula.
Source: The Downy Patriot