What does a "boil order" mean?

Boil orders are typically issued when the water system loses pressure. During a boil order, the water from your tap should not be used for drinking, brushing your teeth, cooking or washing fruits and vegetables. Use bottled water for these activities.

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1. What does a "boil order" mean?
2. If I'm under a boil order, how long should I boil my water?
3. Why are boil orders called?
4. Can I drink the water?
5. Can I wash my hands?
6. Can I shower or take a bath?
7. How do I wash my dishes?
8. Can I wash clothes?
9. Can my pets drink the water?
10. Is it safe to breast feed during the boil order after bathing in the water?
11. Are vending machines that mix drinks safe? (e.g., coffee, tea & hot chocolate machines)
12. What happens if you drink contaminated water?
13. What are the symptoms of water-borne illness?
14. How long will the boil order remain in effect?