Watches, Warnings & Advisories for Sunflower Co.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

UPDATE: Indianola Water Alert

UPDATE:  The original boil water alert posted earlier has been removed, and replaced with this correction.  Airport Road and Campbell Drive are the only areas affected.  Apparently there was a miscommunication that led to the earlier, erroneous, press release.  

I hope this has caused you to consider your family's plan for water system emergencies.  I'll post more about water emergencies in a later entry.
Boil-Water Alert for Sunflower County
Water system:   City of Indianola [0670006]
Effective date:   6/9/2011   CORRECTION

The Mississippi State Department of Health is issuing a Boil-Water Alert for customers who receive their drinking water from the City of Indianola [0670006] water supply located in Sunflower County.

This affects approximately 35 customers on Airport Road and Campbell Drive.

Water sampling showed the presence of total coliform bacteria in a preponderance of samples.

Health officials strongly recommend that all water be boiled vigorously for one minute before it is consumed. This precaution will last at least two full days and water system officials will be immediately notified when the boil water alert is lifted.

Presence of total coliform bacteria

The United States Environmental Protection Agency sets drinking water standards and has determined that the presence of total coliform is a public health concern. Coliforms are bacteria that are naturally present in the environment and are used as an indicator that other potentially harmful bacteria may be present. Coliforms were found in more samples than allowed and this was a warning of potential problems with the treatment process or pipes which distribute the water.

  Checklist for Safe Water Use


    * Do not drink tap water while the water system is under a boil water advisory.
    * Do not drink from water fountains in parks, public or private buildings that receive water from the affected system.
    * Do not use ice unless it has been made with boiled water. Freezing will not necessarily kill harmful bacteria.
    * Do not use tap water to make drinks, juices, or fountain soft drinks.


    * Wash your dishes in boiled water, or use paper plates for the next few days.
    * Wash your fruits and vegetables with boiled or bottled water since they may have been exposed to affected water from grocery store sprayers.
    * Wash your hands and bathe as usual. Bathing is safe as long as no water is swallowed.
    * Brush your teeth with boiled or bottled water.
    * Cook with tap water if the food will be boiled for at least one minute.


    * Properly chlorinated water in swimming pools is safe.
    * Fish in aquariums are not affected.

Bringing water to a rolling boil for one minute will inactivate all major types of harmful bacteria.

When your boil-water notice is lifted:

    * Flush faucets for a total of 10 minutes to introduce system water throughout house plumbing.
          o 1 faucet — run for 10 minutes
          o 2 faucets — run both for 5 minutes
          o 3 faucets — run each for 3-4 minutes

      Flush any faucet a minimum of 2 minutes to ensure clearing of the line serving the faucet.
    * Discard any drinks, ice, food, etc, made during the boil water notice.
    * Rewash any food or drink contact items (knifes, forks, plates, etc.) with "cleared" system water.
    * Check water filters (in faucets, refrigerators and elsewhere) and replace if necessary.
    * Do not use water from your hot water heater for drinking until several exchanges of the tank have occurred.
    * Run dishwasher through a cycle or two before washing dishes.

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