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Clay County residents living in the Northgate Subdivision and the Southgate Subdivision are now under a boil water notice, which was issued Monday evening by the Mississippi Department of Health.
The city of West Point notified the Department of Health that there was a loss of pressure caused by a break in the water line. According to MDH, a water system that loses pressure can become contaminated, and only when waters tests show a positive reading for contamination is the water safe to drink again.
The 100 Northgate and Southgate water customers, whom the line break affects, are encouraged to vigorously boil their drinking water for at least one minute before consumption. The Daily Times Leader will provide an update once MDH has lifted the boil water advisory.
The following is a checklist of dos and donts for customers under the boil water notice:
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.
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.