Boil advisory issues for Milligan water customers

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BAKER — A boil advisory has been issued for Milligan Water System customers after a major water line break Tuesday. 

The Florida Department of Health in Okaloosa County advises Milligan customers to take precautions by boiling water before they use it. Water should be heated to at a rolling boil for at least 1 minute before it used for drinking, cooking, making ice, brushing teeth or washing dishes.

Residents may also disinfect water by adding 8 drops (about an 1/8 teaspoon to form a puddle about the size of a dime) of plain unscented household bleach (4 to 6 percent active ingredients) per gallon of water and then let it stand for 30 minutes, the Health Department of Health said in a press release. 

If the water is cloudy after 30 minutes, repeat the procedure, the release said. Use a container that has a cap or cover for disinfecting and storing water to be used for drinking. This will prevent contamination.

Residents can opt to use bottled water instead of boiling, especially for mixing baby formula.

The boil notice will remain in effect until the problem has been corrected and a bacteriological survey shows that the water is safe to drink.

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