Located in Franklin County, 7/6/2012
|Boil-Water Alert for Franklin County
The Mississippi State Department of Health is issuing a Boil-Water Alert for customers who receive their drinking water from the Wright's Campground water supply located in Franklin County.
This affects approximately 198 customers.
Water sampling showed the presence of total coliform bacteria in a preponderance of samples.
Health officials strongly recommend that all water be boiled vigorously for one minute before it is consumed. This precaution will last at least two full days and water system officials will be immediately notified when the boil water alert is lifted.
Presence of total coliform bacteria
The United States Environmental Protection Agency sets drinking water standards and has determined that the presence of total coliform is a public health concern. Coliforms are bacteria that are naturally present in the environment and are used as an indicator that other potentially harmful bacteria may be present. Coliforms were found in more samples than allowed and this was a warning of potential problems with the treatment process or pipes which distribute the water.
Checklist for Safe Water Use
- 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.
Bringing water to a rolling boil for one minute will inactivate all major types of harmful bacteria.
When your boil-water notice is lifted:
MSDH Bureau of Public Water Supply: Melissa Parker, 601-576-7518 (8am - 5pm)
Epidemiology hotline: 601-576-7400 (24 hours)
Press Contact: Office of Communications, 601-576-7667 (8am - 5pm)
After hours or during emergencies, call 1-866-HLTHY4U (1-866-458-4948) for media inquiries