On Tuesday, April 11, 2023, at 2 p.m., the Village of Park Forest will be under a Boil Order Advisory. However, many residents have called Village Hall and asked what that means and how it will impact them.
A Boil Order Advisory (BOA) is a public statement advising customers and residents to boil tap water before consuming it. Advisories are issued when an event has occurred, allowing the possibility for the water distribution system to become contaminated.
It's worth noting an advisory does NOT mean that the water is contaminated, but instead that it could be contaminated; because the water quality is unknown, customers should assume the water is unsafe to drink and take the appropriate precautions.
Below is a list of frequently asked questions:
How long should I boil my water for?
The affected tap water should be brought to a rolling boil for 3-5 minutes before being used.
Can I drink the water?
During a boil order advisory, only bottled water or water that has been boiled for 3-5 minutes should be consumed or used to wash dishes, wash fruits/vegetables, make ice cubes, or brush teeth.
Can I wash my hands with this water?
The Cook County Department of Public Health recommends that bottled water or water boiled for 3-5 minutes should be used for hand washing. When this is not practical, it is recommended that if tap water must be used to wash and rinse, it should be followed up with the use of a hand sanitizer. Consuming unsafe water is the most likely way to become ill. Using extra precautions with hand washing ensures that hands are clean for eating.
Can I shower or take a bath in this water?
Yes, it is safe to shower or bathe in the water. The primary concern is that the water not be consumed. Instruct children not to put the water in their mouth when they are bathing. When bathing infants, extra precaution should be taken and the Cook County Department of Public Health recommends the use of bottled water or water that has been boiled for 3-5 minutes and cooled for use.
How do I wash my dishes?
Use bottled water or water that has been boiled for 3-5 minutes to wash and rinse dishes. Home dishwashers cannot be assured to kill organisms that may be in the water completely.
Can I wash my clothes in the water?
Yes, you may continue to use the water to wash clothes. The primary concern is consuming water.
Can my pets drink the water?
Animals generally are not affected the same way as people by contaminants in the water. An individual may give their pet bottled water or water that has been boiled for 3-5 minutes and cooled if they choose. Fish tanks should not be affected.
Is it safe to breastfeed during the boil order after bathing in the water?
Cleaning the breast area with soap and bottled water or water boiled for 3-5 minutes and cooled prior to feeding will ensure that the child does not ingest contaminants on the skin.