What about water from a public water company?

Recent flooding due to a hurricane may compromise or contaminate some water supplies, including the water coming from large public water companies. In these incidences, state and local officials usually monitor water quality very carefully to ensure that any potential contaminants are identified quickly and everyone is informed appropriately. In addition, water companies normally issue official advisories stating that consumers should boil or treat their water, use bottled water or other alternatives until water quality returns to a safe level. If a public water company serves you, call your local water supplier to determine if the water is affected and if you need to boil or treat the water before using it for clean up and consumption.

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1. Is my well water safe to drink?
2. What about water from a public water company?
3. What's the proper way to disinfect water so it's safe to drink?
4. What infectious organisms might be present in contaminated water?
5. What if I've already consumed potentially contaminated water?
6. In what other activities should I avoid using potentially contaminated water?
7. Is potentially contaminated water safe for washing dishes or clothes?
8. Is potentially contaminated water safe for bathing and shaving?
9. How should I wash my hands during a boil water advisory period?
10. Do I need any vaccinations if I have been exposed to flood water?
11. Is it safe for me to participate in the cleanup (basements, offices, etc.)?