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Take precaution when getting boil notices

Some Albany residents recently received boil water notices on their door, and the Department of Public Health said anyone who gets this notice needs to follow it.

Some Albany residents recently received boil water notices on their door, and the Department of Public Health said anyone who gets this notice needs to follow it.

Southwest Health District Environment Health Director Dewayne Tanner said many times, these advisories can be a result of repair work.

Tanner said any tap water that you might swallow needs to first be boiled for at least one minute, including when you brush your teeth or if your water has already been filtered. Tanner said it's safe to bathe or wash your clothes in this water without first boiling it.

He adds that you can also use bottled water if you have it available instead of boiling tap water and letting it cool.

But there are health risks if you don't follow these advisories.

"If you don't, you could possibly have some diarrhea, an upset stomach. That's pretty much the extent," he said.

Tanner said you should receive another follow-up notice when you can return to normal water use.

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