The Dix Hills Water District found harmful bacteria in two recent samples and are warning residents to start boiling their tap water before consumption. The finding comes about six months after Dix Hills won the title of "."
Local water officals reported that . As a result, water district officials said they have begun chlorinating the water and as an additional precaution are notifying district customers about the possible health concern.
Here are four steps to take before consuming the water:
Boil water by bringing water to a rolling boil for one minute and allow it to cool before consuming. This applies to food preparation, making of baby formula, dishwashing, making ice and brushing of teeth. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water.
Discard any ice, baby formula or any food made with water since Dec. 27.
Use bottled water certified for sale in New York State for food preparation, making baby formula or ice and brushing of teeth.
Upon notice that the system is safe, thoroughly flush the service line and all taps by running water for five minutes prior to using the public water supply.