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How To Purify Contaminated Drinking Water

There is an active boil water advisory in effect for the following areas in Kissimmee.

  • Bay Shore Drive
  • Heron Court
  • Mockingbird Avenue
  • Toucan Court
  • Crane Court
  • Peacock Court
  • Flamingo Court

There is also an active boil water advisory in effect for the following areas in Cocoa.

  • Cocoa
  • Rockledge
  • Merritt Island
  • Viera
  • Port St. John
  • Cocoa Beach
 If you are in these areas do NOT drink the water, brush your teeth with the water, or do anything that involves you ingesting tap water. Instead use bottled water, but if you don’t have bottled water, News 6 WKMG has a method that  that may be able to help you out
Using a disinfecting chemical. If you cannot boil water, you should put eight (8) drops of common household bleach which is about 1/8th teaspoon, into one (1) gallon of tap water, then shake it, and allow it to stand for 30 minutes before drinking. If the water is cloudy, use sixteen (16) drops, about 1/4th teaspoon of bleach instead of 8, shake it, and let it stand for 30 minutes. There should be a slight chlorine odor. Use common household bleach that has 5% to 6% active ingredients. Use food grade containers. Do not use bleach that has perfume scents added. Using water purification tablets or iodine that many sports and camping stores sell.

Keep in mind that during a boil water advisory, the tap water may still be used for showering, baths, shaving and washing.

Check out the video below breaking down how you can use household bleach to purify your water.

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