Are there alternatives to boiling water?

Yes, residents may choose to use bottled water while the boil advisory is in effect. In some cases boiling water is not advised. Boiling the water will not remove sodium, nitrates, and other inorganic chemicals from water. It may increase the concentration of these contaminants.

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1. What does it mean when a boil advisory is issued and under what circumstances will it occur?
2. If the City's Water Department issues a boil advisory does it mean the water is unsafe to drink?
3. How long should the water boil to adequately kill disease-causing microorganisms?
4. Are there alternatives to boiling water?
5. What is a "no use" advisory?
6. How will residents know if a boil advisory is in effect?