Boil Order Instituted for City of Abingdon Water Supply
Abingdon, IL –The Knox County Health Department has confirmed that a boil order is in effect for the City of Abingdon.
Mandatory boil orders are issued by a public water system when there is a possibility that the water has become contaminated. Health Department staff are, at this time, advising residents of these communities to take appropriate precautions when using public water sources.
“It is important to take these precautions in order to assure the best possible health protection for the residents of Knox County,”Sarah Willett, Environmental Health Supervisior for the Health Department stated. “Contaminated water may contain various bacteria, viruses, and other infectious organism that may cause disease,” noted Willett, “by properly boiling the water before use residents can avoid being exposed to a waterborne disease.”
To properly boil water for use during a boil order, heat the water to a rolling boil and maintain the rolling boil for a minimum of one (1) minute.
Residents must boil all water to be used for drinking and in food preparation. This includes but is not limited to: water for coffee, tea, other beverages or water added to any food; water for washing produce or water used to thaw frozen food; water to be used for hand washing or teeth brushing; and water to be used for all washing of dishes and cooking utensils.
Additionally, mechanical dishwasher (chemical or heat type) may not be used while boil order is in effect, and automatic coffee makers should not be used unless the water is boiled first as these appliances do not boil the water. Additionally, only ice made from potable water is acceptable; automatic icemakers should not be used.
Residents of Abingdon should follow these precautions until they are advised that the boil order for their community has been lifted.
For more information about the status of the boil order in your community, or if you have questions about how to properly comply with the boil order; please contact the Knox County Health Department for information at (309) 344-2224, or visit the Health Department website at www.knoxcountyhealth.org.