What happens if you drink contaminated water?

Anyone ingesting contaminated water may become ill.  Infants, young children, the elderly and those with compromised immune systems are more at risk of illness.

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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?