For almost a year now it seems like my town is always in a boiled water order. So much for the best country in the world. Anyway.
This place used to have wonderful water, now they're starting to put chlorine on it, gross!
What do you think of boiled water, does it change any how, is it just as healthy as fresh water? I can't afford bottled water right now, so...
Finally I got sick from the water today because I didn't realize there was another boild water order AGAIN. They never leave a note on the door and I always learn about the boiled water order from the elderly neigbhor who is always home.... 2 days later, I find out =-O
How to heal from diarrhea caused by bad water, I imagine it would be different than diarrhea from food? Oh noes, it's teh e-colis!
Boiled water should have no negative health effects. Boil it in advance and keep it in the refrigerator and it will taste just great.
If you think you have E.Coli, please contact your doctor. It's not to be messed with and should be reported to your local health department. Make sure you stay hydrated.
I understand the disappointment about chlorine, but in some cases it's inevitable. It can be removed with a brita filter or the like.
Boil orders are serious business and notification by paper notice is generally not very efficient. Water departments often use public notices, cable, newspaper, internet, and reverse 911 to notify their customers. Can I ask where you live?
I would be more worried about e coli than chlorine as long as the water doesn't smell like a swimming pool. If the chlorine smell is strong, put it in an open pitcher for a few hours before drinking it, and the chlorine will dissipate.
If boil water orders are a regular happening out your way, I'd think about putting in your own water treatment. UV water treatment is excellent - kills the bugs with no chemicals. Not cheap, though. A camping-style battery powered UV water treatment device could save you a lot of boiling time.
If it is going to be a while before the boil orders stop, or you don't want to have to follow the news, these ceramic filters and a couple of 5 gallon buckets, can take really contaminated water, and get you something cleaner than boiling and running it through a Brita. Relatively inexpensive too.
It also couldn't hurt to get some press on this issue if it is ongoing and you think some pressure could speed up improvements, shoot an email to all the major news agencies and maybe one will take it up as a story.
I understand your frustration with having to boil water and even that you're not being notified properly but, it seems to me that if you know water is an issue, I'd be calling the water dept everyday to check or just plan to boil it regardless. Also, at least you have water - millions in other countries don't even have enough, they probably wouldn't complain if they needed to boil it.
if you are not getting timely notification of contamination in your water supply a good UV system would kill off whatever pathogen is in the water. have they told you what type of contaminant it is? it could be bacteria or virus or parasite. some of these can cause eye/skin/ear infection if you use the water for bathing/showering.
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