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Boil Advisory: Belah Fellowship Water System

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(KALB News Channel 5)-- On June 23, 2014, a boil advisory for the Belah Fellowship water system was released.

The BELAH FELLOWSHIP Water System has experienced some problems with a pump at the water production plant, causing the water system to lose pressure. It is possible for contamination to enter a water system that has lost water line pressure.

Therefore as a precaution, the Belah Felloshwip Water System is issuing a BOIL ADVISORY effective immediately. This BOIL ADVISORY is to remain in effect until rescinded by the Belah Fellowship Water System.

It is recommended for all homeowners whose water service is affected by the loss of pressure to disinfect their water before consuming it, brushing teeth, or using it for food preparation by any one of the following means:

1) Boil water for one (1) full minute in a clean container. The one minute boil time begins after the water has been brought to a rolling boil. The flat taste can be eliminated by shaking the water in a bottle or pouring it from one container to another, or

2) If the water is clear, mix 1/8 teaspoon of unscented, liquid chlorine laundry bleach with one gallon of water and let it stand for at least 30 minutes prior to consumption. If the water is cloudy or colored, use 1/4 teaspoon per gallon of water. Be sure to mix thoroughly. If the treated water has too strong a chlorine taste, it can be made more palatable by allowing the water to stand exposed to the air for a few hours or by pouring it from one clean container to another several times.

3) If the water is clear, mix five drops of 2% United States Pharmacopeia (USP) tincture of iodine solution (common household tincture of iodine from the medicine cabinet or first aid package) to each quart of clear water and let it stand for at least 30 minutes prior to consumption. If the water is cloudy or colored, use 10 drops to each quart of water.

All natural water sources have some minerals. These minerals sometimes settle along the interior walls of the water mains. When the water mains experience a sudden change in pressure, the mineral sediments tend to flake off the water mains. Some customers might experience cloudy or dirty water after the pressure is restored to the water system. This problem will be corrected with an extensive flushing program.

After repairs have been completed, we will disinfect the water mains with a strong chlorine solution. You might detect a chlorine odor after the pressure has been restored.

Water samples will be collected and tested by Louisiana Office of Public Health personnel after the repairs have been completed. Again, please be sure to disinfect your own water prior to consumption by one of the above listed methods until you have been advised that the water provided by your system is safe.


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