The advisory will be in effect at least until this evening as bacteria testing is still being conducted, according to Joy Rodenburgh of the city’s Public Works Department.
“We are waiting on new tests right now so we won’t know anything until later this afternoon and have not determined any cause at this point. The testing is normal procedure,” said Rodenburgh.
All of the tips issued to residents about water use and consumption during the boiling advisory (see below) remain in effect, she said.
INITIAL REPORT, Dec. 13:
A boil advisory has been issued for parts of Hamilton.
The city has issued a water boiling advisory for all customers on the following streets:
- Hayes Avenue from River Road to Arlington Avenue
- Arlington Avenue from Hayes Avenue to Andover Avenue
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The results of an initial bacteria tests were favorable, according to the city; however, a subsequent round of tests indicated the possibility of contamination.
As a precautionary measure a boil advisory is being issued while the city works to remedy the situation.
The following tips are advised during a water boiling advisory:
- Assure purity of water by boiling it vigorously for a least one full minute (after water begins to bubble). This includes water used for brushing teeth, making ice and drinks, washing food, and even water for pets
- Throw away any ice made during a boil advisory as freezing does not kill bacteria
- After the advisory is lifted, flush house pipes, ice makers, hot water heaters, water softeners, garden hoses and change filters before using for drinking and cooking
- Adults and teens can use water for bathing, but should be careful not to swallow water
- Young children should be given a sponge bath since they often swallow water
- Wash clothes as normal
- Dishwashers can still be used as long as there is a high temperature cycle
- Utilize bottled water for drinking and cooking
For more information, call 513-785-7550.