Burlington Junction residents were under a water boil advisory from the state Department of Natural Resources Thursday following routine, scheduled maintenance involving a water storage tank used to feed the town's water tower.
Mayor Doyle Gray said Thursday afternoon that all tank maintenance, which included cleaning and inspection, had been completed, and that the advisory could be lifted as early as today pending the receipt of laboratory test results.
Gray added, however, that the advisory would stay in effect until the lab certified that Burlington Junction's water supply was safe. He said the city, which has about 540 residents, was following all DNR recommendations "to the letter."
The storage tank was said to be refilling normally, and Gray said the tower was topped off before maintenance work began, so residents should experience no shortage of water.
As opposed to a boil order, a DNR advisory is a suggested precaution only. Until the advisory is lifted, however, Burlington Junction residents are being urged to take the following steps:
∙ Boil water vigorously for three minutes prior to use. Use only water that has been boiled for drinking, diluting fruit juices, food preparation and brushing teeth.
∙ Dispose of ice cubes and do not use ice from a household automatic ice maker. Remake ice cubes with water that has been boiled.
∙ Disinfect dishes and other food surfaces by immersion for at least 60 seconds in clean tap water that contains 1 teaspoon of unscented household bleach per gallon of water.
∙ Let water cool sufficiently before drinking.