LUMBERTON, Miss. (WHLT) – The city of Lumberton issued a boil water alert for customers who get their water from their water supply in Lamar County.
The alert affects 2,086 customers.
Leaders said water system officials notified the Mississippi State Department of Health of a system wide pressure loss because of one or more line breaks.
Health officials said customers should boil their water for one minute before use.
The water system will be notified when tests show the water is safe to drink.
Here is a check list from the Mississippi Department of Health’s website:
- Do not drink tap water while the water system is under a boil water advisory.
- Do not drink from water fountains in parks, public or private buildings that receive water from the affected system.
- Do not use ice unless it has been made with boiled water. Freezing will not necessarily kill harmful bacteria.
- Do not use tap water to make drinks, juices, or fountain soft drinks.
- Wash your dishes in boiled water, or use paper plates for the next few days.
- Wash your fruits and vegetables with boiled or bottled water since they may have been exposed to affected water from grocery store sprayers.
- Wash your hands and bathe as usual. Bathing is safe as long as no water is swallowed.
- Brush your teeth with boiled or bottled water.
- Cook with tap water if the food will be boiled for at least one minute.
- Properly chlorinated water in swimming pools is safe.
- Fish in aquariums are not affected.
When the alert is lifted, the department said customers should flush faucets for 10 minutes to introduce system water throughout house plumbing.