By June 3, 2015Household

water tipsBoiling is the safest method for treating water. Bring water to a rolling boil for three to five minutes.

Pay attention to Cayman’s authorities about the status of your water supply. Use only bottled or disinfected water for drinking and cooking until the public water supplies have been declared safe.

Boil-water orders are often issued after a hurricane. That’s usually because the public water utility has lost pressure in its water-moving systems, making it possible for contaminants to enter water lines. The danger with tainted public supplies is from bacterial contamination that can cause severe diarrhea, which can be life-threatening if untreated.

Water saved in bottles before the storm should be good for up to six months, if properly stored.

To prevent the spread of germs, wash your hands frequently with disinfected water and soap, or hand sanitizer.