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Old 12-02-2019, 06:22 PM
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boil water advisory. what do?

We are under a boil water advisory and have been for a day(only found out today tho). Our stores of water in the house are depleted, so we need to get more from the tap. Boiling should be fine for us, but what about the birds? IDK what to do. Bottled is not an option, as we are rained in(have been since about a week before Thanksgiving now).



News says it is from flood water overwhelming the utility company's ability to treat water to "drinking water" standards. Locals schools in 2 counties are closed, restaraunts are buying 2 liter sodas so they can continue to offer some (non boiled) drinks to customers.


They are predicting the advisory to be in effect for another 2-3 days at least.
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Old 12-02-2019, 06:29 PM
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Re: boil water advisory. what do?

eek.. Well, that depends on what is in the run-off/contamination...I would boil their water for a long time and then let it sit/cool and scoop water off of the top for the birds without stirring the water up at all. If you have a pitcher filter you could pour the boiled water (once cool) through that?
If any restaurant has ice that was made pre-boil order, you might be able to use that (but who knows...could be gross too lol).

Any friends with a spare bottled water or 2? (just for the birds)

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Old 12-02-2019, 06:47 PM
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Re: boil water advisory. what do?

Good suggestions about letting it settle and trying to filter. I think we have one of those filter pitcher things around somewhere..


When I say rained in, I mean we cannot get off our property except by going thru the woods, thru a neighbor's property, thru a different neighbor's property(specifically thru a cow field and over the 5 strand electrified barb wire he has going around it). We have done this once in an emergency and could do again, but it is not easy, and even then our vehicle would still be trapped on this side of the creek, which may be high enough to have also flooded out the main road(2 or 3 places the road and creek criss cross right near here, and the road often is closed during high water time). Our bridge has been underwater since Tuesday night..



Eventually we will dig a well, but that also comes with issues.



We also have iodine water purification methods, but I assume this would not be good for the birds.
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Old 12-02-2019, 06:52 PM
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Re: boil water advisory. what do?

yeah, that's rough. I would just boil and let things settle then. I hope it improves quickly!!
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Re: boil water advisory. what do?

Look up standards for using bleach! If you do use either iodine or bleach, use only glass containers!
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Re: boil water advisory. what do?

Quote: Originally Posted by Flboy View Post
Look up standards for using bleach! If you do use either iodine or bleach, use only glass containers!
I would NOT use bleach in my bird's water..
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Re: boil water advisory. what do?

That is rough! This is the website I checked in the summer - had water issues here for about a month. https://www.epa.gov/ground-water-and...drinking-water. I think boiling is your best bet too.

Unfortunately we had high arsenic and boiling doesn’t do a thing for that. I now buy the 5 gallon sealed jugs of water and use those for us and the birds - I keep 5 jugs on hand at all times, since the last time we had no warning when our water supply went sideways.
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Re: boil water advisory. what do?

Think of it this way, birds in the wild never had filtered water for thousands of years, in fact, most birds in the wild drink from muddy puddles
Boil it, and thats all you need to do, but really unless there is a toxin in the water, it is not necessary
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Old 12-03-2019, 01:46 AM
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Re: boil water advisory. what do?

It still tasted kinda funny after boiling a while and filtering, so we filtered it again and it seems better.. IDK if we should filter more than twice?



Problem is absolutely *anything* could be in the water if I understand the issue right. From my understanding untreated runoff water is mixing with treated water and being pumped thru the pipes out to well, everyone on municipal water.



Boiling would only kill microscopic organisms. It wouldn't do anything about road chemicals or dirt or whatever else might be in there.



May or may not be "abundance of caution", but I'd rather overreact than underreact to this sort of thing.
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Re: boil water advisory. what do?

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It still tasted kinda funny after boiling a while and filtering, so we filtered it again and it seems better.. IDK if we should filter more than twice?



Problem is absolutely *anything* could be in the water if I understand the issue right. From my understanding untreated runoff water is mixing with treated water and being pumped thru the pipes out to well, everyone on municipal water.



Boiling would only kill microscopic organisms. It wouldn't do anything about road chemicals or dirt or whatever else might be in there.



May or may not be "abundance of caution", but I'd rather overreact than underreact to this sort of thing.
I agree. That was my concern as well (the potential chemicals etc). May as well filter more than 1x.
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