The city of Starkville has issued a precautionary boil water alert for the Greenbrier Subdivision, effective until at least Monday.
A city spokesperson said the action was necessary because the system lost pressure due to a damaged water line.
Water system officials will collect samples for testing but recommend that consumers vigorously boil their water for one minute before it is consumed. Updates will be available at the city website, www.cityofstarkville.org, and through local news media.
For more information, contact the Public Works Department at 662-323-3505 from 7 a.m.-4 p.m. on weekdays.
The city offers the following checklist for safe water use:
n DO NOT drink tap water while the water system is under the boil water advisory.
n DO NOT drink from water fountains in parks or public/private buildings that receive water from the system.
n DO NOT use tap water to make drinks, juices or fountain soft drinks.
n DO NOT use tap water to make tea or coffee unless the brewing process brings the water to a boil for a least one minute.
n DO wash your dishes in boiled water.
n DO wash your fruits and vegetables with boiled water.
n DO wash your hands and bathe as usual. Bathing is safe as long as no water is swallowed.
n DO brush your teeth with boiled water.
n You can cook with tap water as long as the food will be boiled for at least one minute.
n REMEMBER properly chlorinated water in swimming pools is safe. Fish in aquariums are not affected.