Many of Connecticut’s public drinking water systems are now under a boil water advisory. On September 3, 2011, the Department of Public Health (DPH) updated the list of water systems under boil water advisory. There are now 157 small public drinking water systems in Connecticut under a boil water advisory.
The DPH is monitoring these systems and working to contact other small public drinking water systems to determine their status. Public water systems under a boil water advisory are listed in the accompanying slide presentation (on the left side of this page) and are also available online at www.ct.gov/dph/ (click on “Hurricane Irene: Important Health Information.”)
To disinfect water, use ONE of the following methods:
- Boil at a rolling boil for one minute. Make sure water is clear of floating pieces before boiling; OR,
- Add 8 drops of liquid chlorine bleach per gallon of clear water or 16 drops per gallon for cloudy water. Do NOT use bleach that has perfumes or ingredients other than sodium hypochlorite as it may be toxic; OR,
- Add water purification tablets according to directions on the package.
Mix completely and let water stand 30 minutes before using.
If you have a private well that has been flooded or damaged by the storm, consider your well contaminated and disinfect it before resuming use. Water that is dark, has an odor, or has floating pieces should NOT be used. DPH Environmental Health staff are available to answer questions over the long holiday weekend from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at (860) 509-8000. For more information on public drinking water systems go to www.ct.gov/dph/publicdrinkingwater. For more information on how to disinfect your private well go to www.ct.gov/dph/privatewells.
Several laboratories that are certified to test drinking water are remaining open this holiday weekend.
- Northeast Labs Berlin 860‐828‐9787
- Columbia Env. Lab Columbia 860‐228‐0329 (Call before bringing in sample)
- Environmental Consulting Lab. Madison 203‐245‐0568 (Call before bringing in sample)
- Baron Consulting Milford 203‐710‐7880, 203‐824‐3376 (Call before bringing in sample)
- Aquarion Water Co. Monroe 203‐445‐7341
- Regional Water Co. New Haven 203‐401‐2700 (Open Sat. only)
- Hydro‐Technologies New Milford 860‐355‐8773 (Open Sat. only)
- Aqua Environmental Lab Newtown 203‐270‐9973 (Call before bringing in sample)
- Complete Environmental Testing Stratford 203‐377‐9984 (Open Sat. only)
- Northwest Environmental Water Waterbury 203‐437‐4110 (Open Sat & Sun only)
- MDC West Hartford 860‐242‐7706
- Danbury Water Danbury 203‐796‐1536
- Norwich Public Utilities Lab Norwich 860‐823‐4169 (Open Sat & Sun only)
- Deep River Water Lebanon 860‐823‐4169 (Open Sat & Sun only)
- Stony Brook Water Montville 860‐823‐4169 (Open Sat & Sun only)