When the word comes out that your area has been affected by a
boil order, it's time to take stock of affected water and manage
its reach in your home. Any place in your home that uses water is
affected, from the kitchen to the laundry room. Start by following
these guidelines to avoid contact with contaminated water.
Stay Safe from Contaminated Water
- Don't drink the water, prepare food, brush your teeth, or use
any materials that have been in contact with water.
- Throw out ice cubes, coffee, tea, and any stored
beverages made or used with your home's water.
- Turn off water or block access to refrigerator water dispensers
and faucets to provide a visual reminder and help curb normal
- Boil water for a minimum of three minutes and use that
water to clean containers to store sanitized water.
- Use boiled water to clean any dishes and utensils you
plan on using.
- Wash hands and prepare food with boiled water.
- Do not use your dishwasher.
- Have young children take sponge baths to prevent any
Culligan Man Tip:Place bottled water or
pre-boiled water containers in bathroom sinks as a visual reminder
to brush and wash hands with clean water.
Hydration Tip:A pinch of salt can help
improve the taste of "flat" boiled water for drinking.
After the Boil Order is Lifted
Keeping you and your family safe and healthy during a boil order
extends beyond the duration of the order. To make sure your home is
prepared to integrate safe, uncontaminated water back into your
routine, ensure any remnants of contamination are addressed before
you go back to business as usual.
- Run the dishwasher through an empty bleach cycle.
- Flush water lines.
- Boil faucet screens.
- Purge and sanitize water-using appliances, including the
refrigerator water line, icemaker, coffeemaker, and tea
- Change your refrigerator's water filter.
Optional but recommended:Run a bleach
cycle through your washing machine.
You'll also want to make sure you sanitize any water
filtration or water softening systems after a boil order has been
in effect. Contact your Culligan Man to help you navigate this process, and ask
any more questions you may have about bringing your home back from
the boil order.
The single best way to know what's in your water is to be your
own best resource. We want to help you do just that by providing
tools and information to help you make smart choices about your
water. There are a lot of things you can do to find out if you have
water, the causes behind it, and what options you have for
Diagnose Problem Water
The signs that point to problems in your water are often the
most obvious, but key factors to be aware of are:
- Appearance: Water is cloudy or discolored.
Common in many provinces and municipalities, you can explore water problems by province to see if the water where you live
is predisposed to run less than clear.
- Odor: Water has a sulfurous, chlorinated, or
other suspicious smell. Almost every water treatment plant in the
country uses some amount of chlorine to treat water, so you can use
our province guide to get a handle on whether your region has
particularly low or high levels in the water supply.
- Taste: Water can take on a variety of tastes
for a number of reasons, the most common across the country being
bitter or salty. Like the range of water itself,
total dissolved solids and minerals responsible for
unwelcome tastes depend largely on the geography and landscape of
your particular area.http://www.culligan.com/en-us/blog/how-to-know-if-your-wat
- Side Effects: Often, the signal pointing to a
water problem can be what's left behind: film, soap scum,
limescale, and/or corrosion on pipes, fixtures, and appliances.
Read more about the problemwater in your city.
Do you need to address a water problem? This can be a matter of
personal preference, especially if symptoms are severe or are
causing real aggravation in the home. Consider these factors to
help determine whether it may be time to
call in a Culligan Man:
- Are symptoms getting worse?
- What is typical for water in my region? Learn more.
- Are common household fixes able to mitigate any effects?
Learn more about easy ways to solve for problem water.
If water problems are getting worse, or you've determined your
home's water is atypical for the area and it's beyond simple fixes
like cleaning with vinegar, you can always call your local Culligan Man for a complimentary water
test. He or she will be able to help you determine if a whole-house water filter or a water conditioner is right to fix appearance, taste, and
odor issues in your water.
Even if water is typical for your area, or some solutions are
helping, water problems can be a headache you don't have to deal
with. Your Culligan Man is the perfect resource to help you
determine what kind of solution is right for your water.
Water It Down
Water is the second most popular beverage in the U.S....after
soft drinks. This is a scary statistic, since sugary soda is a big
health hazard, increasing the risk of obesity, stroke, and other
heart problems. However, these dangers can be avoided if people
choose to drink water instead, which doesn't have any negative side
effects. So, this new year, put the sugary stuff to the side and
make water the number one drink of choice. The benefits really are
endless. (Just take a read!)
- Fluid balance. Roughly 60 percent of the body is made of
water. Drinking enough H2O maintains the body's fluid balance,
which helps transport nutrients in the body, regulate body
temperature, digest food, and more.
- Calorie control. Forget other diet tricks-drinking water could also
weight loss, according to WebMD (http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/6-reasons-to-drink-water?page=2).
, Numerous studies have found a connection between water
consumption and losing a few pounds. The secret reason? Water
simply helps people feel
full, and as a result consume fewer calories.
- Muscle fuel. Sweating
at the gym causes muscles to lose water. And when the
muscles don't have enough water, they get tired. So for extra
energy, try drinking water to push through that final set of
- Clearer skin. Certain toxins in the body can cause the skin to
inflame, which results in clogged pores. Water can help flush out
toxins and decrease occurrence of acne.
- Kidney function. Our kidneys process 200 quarts of blood daily,
sifting out waste and transporting urine to the bladder. Yet,
enough fluids to clear away what we don't need in the body.
Let's drink to that!
- Productivity boost. In order to really focus,
glass of water could help people concentrate and stay
refreshed and alert.
- Fatigue buster. Move over coffee-water can help fight those tired
eyes. One of the most common symptoms of dehydration is
tiredness. Just another reason to go for the big gulp! (Not the
7 Eleven kind.)
- Hangover help. If alcohol has got the best of you, help a
hangover with a glass of water to hydrate the body and stop
that pounding headache.
- Pain prevention. A little water can really go a long way. Aching
muscle cramps and strains can all occur if the body is
- Keep things flowing. Nobody wants to deal with
digestion issues. Luckily, drinking enough water
adds fluids to the colon which helps make things, ahem,
- Sickness fighter. Water may help with
decongestion and dehydration, helping the body bounce back when
feeling under the weather.
- Brain boost. A study in London found a link between students bringing water
into an exam room and better grades, suggesting H2O promotes
clearer thinking. While it's unclear if drinking the
water had anything to do with a better score, it doesn't hurt to
try it out!
So, What is Your Action Plan?
The amount of water people need per day is
up for debate, but studies suggest adults need nine to 16 cups
of H2O. This number, however, varies depending on activity level,
age, and how much water people are consuming in coffee, tea, or
water-rich veggies and fruit.
Here's how to keep yourself hydrated: Begin by drinking a glass
of water as soon as you wake up, and 30 minutes before eating any
big meal. (This will help control
appetite, too.) Get in the habit of keeping a water bottle on
hand at all times. And spice up those taste buds with a squeeze of
citrus to the glass! Before you know it, all the benefits of water
will be right at your fingertips…. and in your body.