Official testing has confirmed the water is safe and does not need to be boiled before consumption.
December 31. 2013: All residents of the city of Elkton and surrounding area served by the water system operated by the City of Elkton, Kentucky Utilities are under a boil water advisory for at least 48 hours, or until further notice.
Water customers are advised that water provided by the system may cause adverse human health effects due to possible biological contamination if consumed, unless it is first boiled for at least three minutes at a rolling boil before using it for drinking, food preparation or oral hygiene purposes.
Once testing shows the water is safe, the boil water advisory will be lifted. You can check the status of the advisory at the city of Elkton website at www.elktonky.com.
Information About Boil Water Advisories
- When a boil water advisory has been put into effect that means that there is a possibility that contamination may exist and therefore we must notify our customers. This does not mean that the water is unsafe, it just means that the possibility is there.
- Boil water advisories are generally issued when water pressure drops.
- A boil water advisory means that all water that is to be used for drinking or cooking should be brought to a rolling boil and boiling should be continued for at least 3 minutes.
- Water not used for drinking or cooking does not necessarily need to be boiled. This means water that is used for bathing or showering or water that is being used to do the laundry. Dishes can be washed as long as you use hot water.
- Ice makers should be turned off. Once an advisory is lifted, it is recommended that you run the ice maker for several cycles and discard the ice.
- Bottled or boiled water should be used for baby formula.
- After repairs have been made, the lines are flushed and a chlorine sample is taken and bacteriological samples are taken of the affected area and delivered to the testing laboratory contracted by the district. Tests are then ran according to strict government and state regulations.
- An advisory will be lifted after we have received the results and the Division of Water lifts the advisory.
- When the advisory is lifted, we will notify our customers.