St. John The Baptist Parish News Release
Instructions on How to Disinfect Water During Boil Water Advisory
In the event of a Boil Water Advisory, affected residents should disinfect their water before consuming it, brushing teeth, or using it for food preparation by any one of the following means:
1. Boil water for one (1) full minute in a clean container. The one minute boil time begins after the water has been brought to a rolling boil. The flat taste can be eliminated by shaking the water in a bottle or pouring it from one container to another, or
2. If the water is clear, mix 1/8 teaspoon of unscented, liquid chlorine laundry bleach with one gallon of water and let it stand for at least 30 minutes prior to consumption. If the water is cloudy or colored, use ¼ teaspoon per gallon of water. Be sure to mix thoroughly. If the treated water has too strong a chlorine taste, it can be made more palatable by allowing the water to stand exposed to the air for a few hours or by pouring it from one clean container to another several times.