Boil Your Water, Redway Folks
Due to the recent storm events and high turbidity in the Eel River water source, Redway CSD public water system has been unable to treat the finished drinking water to turbidity standards. Therefore, the California Division of Drinking Water in conjunction with Redway CSD Public Water System are advising residents of Redway to use boiled tap water or bottled water for drinking and cooking purposes as a safety precaution.
DO NOT DRINK THE WATER WITHOUT BOILING IT FIRST. Bring all water to a boil, let it boil for one (1) minute, and let it cool before using, or use bottled water. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking and food preparation until further notice. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water.
Optional alternatives to include for prolonged situations:
An alternative method of purification for residents that do not have gas or electricity available is to use fresh liquid household bleach (Clorox, Purex, etc.). To do so, add 8 drops (or 1/4 teaspoon) of bleach per gallon of clear water or 16 drops (or 1/2 teaspoon) per gallon of cloudy water, mix thoroughly, and allow to stand for 30 minutes before using. A chlorine-like taste and odor will result from this purification procedure and is an indication that adequate disinfection has taken place.
Water purification tablets may also be used by following the manufacturer’s instructions.
As a precaution, chlorine disinfection of the finished water is being increased and closely monitored for effectiveness.
We will inform you when tests show no bacteria and you no longer need to boil your water. We anticipate resolving the problem within 5 days.