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Belize Water Services begins pumping water for San Ignacio/Santa Elena residents; water boiling advisory remains

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Posted: Tuesday, November 5, 2019. 7:12 pm CST.

By BBN Staff:  Belize Water Services (BWS) issued a new update a few minutes ago on the on-going water interruption in San Ignacio and Santa Elena.

BWS says that it has started to pump water in the distribution; however, pressure will be low for the next few hours.

Customers in the higher elevation will take longer to receive full service.

Additionally, BWS informs customers in San Ignacio/Santa Elena and Benque Viejo that due to the flooding, a boiling water advisory is in effect until further notice.

Customers should: Bring water to a rolling boil for one minute. Allow water to cool before using.

Store the cooled water in a clean container with cover.

Customers should use boiled water that has cooled or bottled water for: drinking, brushing teeth, washing fruits and vegetables, preparing food or baby formula, making ice and giving to pets.

If you are unable to boil your water, disinfect it instead.

If tap water is clear: Use unscented bleach (bleach that does not have an added scent).

Add 1/8 teaspoon (8 drops) of unscented household liquid bleach to 1 gallon (16 cups) of water.

Mix well and wait 30 minutes or more before drinking. Store disinfected water in clean container with a cover.

If tap water is cloudy: Filter water using clean cloth.

Use unscented bleach (bleach that does not have an added scent).

Add 1/4 teaspoon (16 drops) of unscented household liquid bleach to 1 gallon (16 cups) of water.

Mix well and wait 30 minutes or more before drinking.

Store disinfected water in clean container with a cover.

Remember that containers may need to be sanitized before using them to store safe water.

To sanitize containers: Use unscented bleach (bleach that does not have an added scent).

Make a sanitizing solution by mixing 1 teaspoon (5 milliliters) of unscented household liquid bleach in 1 quart (32 ounces, 4 cups, or about 1 liter) of water.

Pour this sanitizing solution into a clean storage container and shake well, making sure that the solution coats the entire inside of the container.

The advisory is in effect until BWS is confident that the water being supplied meets drinking water standards.

BWS says that another update will be provided tomorrow.

Customers will be notified immediately when the advisory is lifted.

BWS apologizes for any inconvenience this interruption is causing to customers in the San Ignacio/Santa Elena area.

 

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