Don’t drink the (contaminated) water


It should go without saying, but state officials are asking residents not to use water during a “boil water” alert without boiling it first.

“If you are under a boil water notice and have no electricity and no way to boil water, use bottled water,” the state’s Department of Health said Thursday. Here’s the rest of their release:

Heavy rainfall, especially if accompanied by a tidal surge or flooding, can contaminate your water supply. Consuming water that is contaminated can cause gastrointestinal illness. Individuals cannot assume that a water supply in the storm affected area is safe to drink.

Your local utilities will announce if you are under a boil water notice and when water is safe to drink. Boil water notices are also posted on DOH’s website here.

If you need help locating bottled water, contact your local emergency management. For more information, visit or


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