UPDATE Friday 12:25pm – the Boil Water Advisory for Boone has been lifted http://wataugaonline.com/boil-water-advisory-lifted-for-boone/
The Appalachian District Health Department has released a statement regarding the Boone boil water notice.
Public Health Advisory
[BOONE, NC] –Appalachian District Health Department is working with restaurants, childcare facilities, and other healthcare facilities to provide guidance regarding the boil water notice issued as a precautionary measure by the Town of Boone today, March 3, 2016.
According to their released statement, “periods of low or now pressure in the water distribution system increases the potential for introduction of bacteria into the water system. Therefore the Division of Water Resources advises consumers to boil water used for human consumption (including drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, and food preparation) or used bottled water until further notice”.
Restaurants, childcare facilities, healthcare facilities, and other institutions are being advised using specific guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and the NC Environmental Health Emergency Preparedness and Recovery Guidance Manual for North Carolina which provides information on handwashing, food preparation, dish washing, consumption of water, overall bacterial control, and how to alert healthcare patients about this notice.
To learn more about the specific guidance, please read the fact sheet on www.apphealth.com.
We will continue to work with The Town of Boone Public Works Department who will determine when it is appropriate to lift the boil water notice. Once the boil water advisory is lifted, there is additional guidance for consumers to flush faucets, drinking fountains, ice machines, dishwashers, and drain reservoirs for water safety.