SILVIS, Ill. —
Update - Nov. 23
The City of Silvis announced in a press release that the boil order has been lifted.
A boil order is in effect for a small area in Silvis as Tuesday afternoon, according to a news release from City officials.
The order, issued on Nov. 22, affects the area of 7th and 8th streets off of 7th Avenue.
Officials said that the order will last until water quality tests are done and meet state and federal guidelines.
They also added that an update will be made available in about 24 hours.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends residents in a town with a boil water advisory should either use bottled water or boil their tap water before use. This is because the water could have germs that can make people sick.
While the order from Silvis didn't include specific guidance for residents, the CDC recommends the following:
- Use bottled or boiled water for drinking and to prepare and cook food.
- If bottled water isn't available, bring water to a full rolling boil for at least one minute. Let the water cool before using it.
- Boil tap water even it if is filtered.
- Don't use water from any appliance connected to your water line, like ice and water from a refrigerator.
- If you have a baby and are able to, breastfeeding will be the best option to feed your infant. If you use formula, provide ready-to-use formula if possible.
- You can still wash your hands with the water. Make sure to scrub your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, then rinse them well. You can use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water aren't available.
- You can bathe in the water, but be careful not to swallow any of it. Use caution when bathing babies and young children.
- Brush your teeth with boiled or bottled water.
- Use disposable plates, cups and other eating utensils if possible.
- Pets can also get sick from some of the same germs. Give them bottled water or boiled water that has cooled.
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