As Connecticut continues to clean up after the weekend storms, the state Department of Public Health has issued a “boil water” advisory for 100 public water systems, and a caution to homeowners in flooded areas who use private wells.
DPH says 2.6 million Connecticut residents get their water from large public-water systems. Some of them lost their normal power source, but they had emergency power capability and their water supplies were not interrupted. However the department is monitoring 100 smaller systems, mostly in the eastern part of the state. They are among 500 smaller water providers, each serving fewer than 1,000 people.
The department says people in flooded areas who get water from private wells should consider their wells contaminated and disinfect them before using the water.
Health officials say for those living in communities under the advisory, water should be brought to a rolling boil for a full minute, then allowed to cool before drinking or handling. They suggest pouring the boiled water back and forth between clean containers to improve the taste.
In the affected systems, boiled or bottled water should be used for cooking, washing fruits and vegetables, preparing baby formula or brushing teeth, or to wash hands when cooking.
Infants, toddlers, the elderly and those with compromised immune systems should be bathed with water that has been boiled, then cooled. Adults and older children showering or bathing in areas under the boil advisory should try not to swallow any of the the tap water
The list will be updated daily on the DPH Hurricane Irene website.
Here is the list of water systems under the “boil water” advisories, updated as of 4:30 Sept. 16
- Mar-Lea Park Apts, Ashford
- Elmwood Court LLC, Bethel
- Quonnipaug Hills – Lower System, Guilford
- Quonnipaug Hills – Section I, Guilford
- Wellswood Estates Foundation, Inc., Hebron
- Cranberry Bog Apartments, Killingly
- Uconn Agronomy Research Farm, Mansfield
- Oakridge Village, Montville
- Stonington Institute – Main Building, North Stonington
- Region 18 Schools – Lyme Street, Old Lyme
- Brookview Water Company, Ridgefield