Boil Water Alert issued for some DeSoto County residents after E. coli bacteria found

DESOTO COUNTY, Tenn. — A Boil Water Alert is in effect for Desoto County residents who get their drinking water from the Eudora Utilities Association after water samples showed E. Coli bacteria.

According to DeSoto County Emergency Services, the boil water notice affects 3,654 customers.

Health officials strongly recommend all water be boiled vigorously for one minute before being consumed.

The precaution began Thursday and will last at least two full days, according to DCES.

Water system officials will be notified when the boil water alert is lifted.

E. coli bacteria indicates the water may be contaminated with human or animal waste.

Microbes in the water can cause diarrhea, nausea, headaches and other symptoms, and post serious health risks for infants, young children and people with compromised immune systems, DCES said.

Checklist for Safe Water Use:

DO NOT

• 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.

DO

• 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.