A boil tap water advisory been issued by the Westchester County Department of Health for New Rochelle, Eastchester, Bronxville, Tuckahoe, Village and Town of Pelham and Pelham Manor served by the United Water Rate District #1. It will be in effect tomorrow (WEDNESDAY) May 27 from 10:00am through 12 midnight.
The Westchester County Health Department issued the advisory for 10 a.m. to midnight to residents and food service establishments as a precaution while New York City Department of Environmental Protection performed scheduled maintenance of its chlorination system.
The Westchester County Health Department issued the advisory, and is asked residents and food service establishments in the affected areas to heat all tap water to a rolling boil for at least one minute prior to drinking it or using it to prepare food, hand-wash dishes or brush their teeth.
The boil water advisory is being issued as a precautionary measure while New York City Department of Environmental Protection performs scheduled maintenance of its chlorination system resulting in inadequate disinfection of water provided to United Water Rate District #1.
A boil water advisory means that residents in the affected area must boil all tap water at a rolling boil for a minimum of one minute prior to drinking it or using it to prepare food, wash dishes by hand or brush teeth. Restaurants, delis, bodegas and all food service establishments in the affected area also must boil water before serving it or using it to prepare food. Residents also can use bottled water as an alternative to boiling.
The advisory does not extend to bathing, clothes washing or the use of a dishwasher, as long as dishes and utensils are air-dried before they are reused. Residents and businesses with water lines that feed a water or soda dispenser, coffee pot or refrigerator should either turn them off or discard the water that collects during the advisory period. Ice made during the advisory period by automatic ice makers also should be discarded and the first batch of ice made after the advisory period ends also should be discarded. Water lines to water dispenser, coffee pot or refrigerator should be flushed for approximately 5 minutes following the advisory period.
In Pelham Village and Pelham Manor the Superintendent of Schools said the School District is taking these steps:
– All valves to water fountains in the District will be closed tonight (Tuesday, May 26) and into tomorrow morning. Students will NOT have the ability to drink from any water fountain until such time that the Department of Health lifts the boil advisory.
– Purified water will be delivered to each of our six schools so that potable water will be available for emergencies.
– Our food service program will comply with the boil advisory in any and all food preparations. If you are concerned, please send your child to school with lunch tomorrow (Wednesday).
-Please send your child to school with at least one labeled extra bottle/container of water tomorrow (Wednesday) so that they may stay hydrated throughout the day.
Updates to the boil water advisory will be provided by the Health Department as needed. For more information, residents should contact United Water Rate District #1 at 914-632-6900, ext. 1, or visit the United Water website.
[UPADTE: Thursday May 28 @ 12:22AM] A boil water advisory that affected some 150,000 residents of New Rochelle, Eastchester, Bronxville, Tuckahoe, Pelham and Pelham Manor on Wednesday expired as scheduled at midnight.