What to do After a Boil Water Order has been lifted



Residents are advised to “flush” their water following the lifting of the boil order to clear plumbing of potentially contaminated water. Flushing your household and building water lines includes interior and exterior faucets, showers, water and ice dispensers, water treatment units, and so on.

Please follow these guidelines:

•Clean aerators: remove all aerators from faucets and soak in bleach.
•Flush faucets: 5 minutes with cold water. For a residence with multiple levels, start at the top of the house.
•Flush showers: 5 minutes of a mix of hot and cold water.
•Toilets: flush and clean each toilet.
•Washing Machines: none required.
•Dish Washers: if your machine has a sanitize cycle, run 1 cycle.
•Outdoor Spigots; 5 minutes, disconnect hose first.
•Refrigerator Water Dispenser: flush for 5 minutes or at least 1 quart of water.
•Faucet/Fridge Water Filters: consider replacing filter per manufacturer recommendation.
•In-Line Water Filter: consider replacing filter per manufacturer recommendation.
•Ice Makers: dump all existing ice and discard new ice made over an additional 24 hour period to assure complete purging of the water supply line. Wash and sanitize ice bin.
•Food and Baby Formula: be sure you have discarded any baby formula or other foods prepared with water on the days of the boil order. (If unsure of the dates contact your water department.)
•Water Heaters: run hot water from all faucets until water runs cold. Second option is to drain the water heater using spigot/release on the bottom of heater.
•Water Softeners: cycle water softener per manufacturer recommendation.
•Soft Drink Dispensers: disconnect flavoring and cycle water through until replaced with fresh water, reconnect flavoring.

Due to the flushing of the water lines by residents and the flushing of the hydrants, some customers may experience discolored water. However, this is an expected result and does not pose a health risk. Contact your local Water Department if you have any questions.

*Information on this page Courtesy of Summit County Health Department and Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality.