In times of extreme crisis, local health departments may urge consumers to use more caution or to follow additional measures. These measures may include notices to: “Conserve Water”, “Do Not Drink,” “Do Not Use,” or “Boil Water Notice.” Also included below is information about Water Shutoff.
For more information on water quality during an emergency, it’s best to call your local water retailer. Click here for links to Orange County water retailers.
From time to time, water providers request that their customers voluntarily conserve water. Such requests usually occur when a water-treatment facility or the regional conveyance system is undergoing reliability improvements or repairs. Conserving water can occur at many
levels. Typically, we ask that residents continue to practice indoor water
conservation – turning off the water while brushing your teeth or shaving,
running the dishwasher or clothes washer only when there are full loads,
taking shorter showers. On occasion we also ask that residents and businesses
also curtail outdoor watering for short periods of time. This helps maximize
available water resources.
Do Not Drink
If your water provider issues a Do Not Drink order, water can be used for bathing, washing clothing and other household chores. However, as stated, do not use the water for drinking purposes or brushing teeth or for washing dishes and eating utensils, not even after disinfection treatment.
Do Not Use
DO NOT USE TAP WATER FOR ANY PURPOSE, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO LANDSCAPE IRRIGATION, DRINKING, COOKING, HAND WASHING OR BATHING, UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
Bottled water should be used for all drinking purposes, including baby formula and mixing with juice. Also use bottled water for brushing your teeth, washing dishes, making ice and in food preparation.
DO NOT TRY TO TREAT THE WATER YOURSELF.
Boiling, freezing, filtering, adding chlorine or other disinfectants, or letting water stand will not make the water safe to use.
Boil Water Notice
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.
An alternative method of purification for residents who 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. Be certain to follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
Potable water may be available from your local water utility. Please contact them for locations.
Watch for information to come.