Wednesday, September 20, 2017

What is a Boil Water Advisory?


What is a Boil Water Advisory?

You may have seen a notice like this one recently posted in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania in your area and wondered what it’s about.
“SOUTH WHITEHALL TOWNSHIP, Pa. — The people of South Whitehall Township in Lehigh County remain under a boil water advisory .
The South Whitehall Township Authority Main Water System says it issued the advisory Friday after a positive test for E. coli.
On Sunday, the first round of tests on the water came back negative for E. coli. The water must come back clean on two consecutive tests before the advisory can be lifted. Officials say they hope the second round of tests will come back Monday afternoon.”
These Boil Water Advisories are actually quite frequent. In fact, if you set up a Google alert on the topic, you will not-so-pleasantly surprised at how frequent they occur.
What does it mean?
Basically, it means that there has been a breakdown somewhere in the water treatment or delivery process that has caused a harmful bacteria to enter the water supply.
What does it mean for you?
It means you MUST boil prior to drinking it or even cooking with it. Also be extra cautious with small children who drink their bathwater or drink directly from the tap (like when brushing their teeth). Small children are especially susceptible to the E coli because of their immature immune systems. Protecting them from these outbreaks should be a top priority.
How can you eliminate the worry of an E Coli outbreak in your area?
Install a UV (Ultraviolet) light water filtration system in your home. You can purchase a point-of-use water filter which will filter one location (such as your kitchen sink) or a whole house water filtration system which will filter ALL the water in your home. For anyone with small children, we highly recommend a whole house system to be protected. UV lights must be changed annually in order to remain effective. This is very important! A UV light cannot be expected to protect you if it has been installed for longer than one year.
How does a UV light water filter work?
The UV light acts on the same principles as sunlight. It acts a natural and chemical-free way to kill the bacteria in the water. It actually renders the bacteria harmless because the bacteria is no longer able to multiply. The UV light destroys the ability to reproduce.
With UV systems, it is important that the water passing by the UV light is free of sediment and other contaminants. This allows the UV light to be as effective as possible. The Pura UV systems we offer incorporate sediment and carbon filtration for just this reason. An all-in-one system such as the Pura UV20-3 or the Pura UVBB-3 will assure you of bacteria-free, chlorine-free water that is safe for drinking, cooking and bathing.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at 888-491-4100 or at http://www.puriteam.com/uv