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A precautionary boil-water notice may be issued in the event of a significant loss of water pressure, a water-main break, or if bacteriological analyses of samples obtained from your water-distribution system have indicated possible contamination of the water.
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By listening to the radio, watching TV, or reading your local paper. If necessary, a precautionary boil-water notice will be sent to the media for dissemination. We will also post this information on the City of North Miami Beach website.
Boil water before use, holding it at a rolling boil for over one minute (and then cool) before drinking, washing dishes, cooking, etc. If you do not have access to a stove, see Preparing Tap Water For Storage. An alternative to boiling or using bleach to sanitize your water, water purification tablets are available at local stores that sell camping equipment.
When we are under a precautionary boil -water notice, the water may be used for showering, baths, shaving and washing, so long as you do not swallow or allow water in your eyes, nose or mouth. Children should be supervised to ensure they do not ingest water. Even though the risk of illness is minimal, time spent bathing should be limited. Individuals who have recent surgical wounds, are immunosuppressed, or have chronic illness may want to consider bathing with bottled or boiled water until the notice is lifted.
Most home water filters are meant for water that is already microbiologically safe. Using these filters during a precautionary boil-water notice will not guarantee the safety of the water. All filter cartridges must be replaced after the precautionary boil-water notice has been lifted to ensure the filter is not contaminated.