Medical Arts Hospital is your partner in keeping your family safe and healthy. That’s why we want to help spread the word about the Boil Water notice that the City of Lamesa is currently under. Click here to read the full boil water notice Boil water notice

In order to properly boil the water for consumption, you should bring the water to a vigorous boil and then boil the water for a total of no less than 2 minutes. Let the water cool and then use it  for these uses:

Drinking purposes

This includes all beverage concentrates such as fruit juice and iced tea where water is added.

Food preparation

This includes washing fruits and vegetables that will not be cooked. Water used as an ingredient does not need to be boiled prior to use, providing it will be brought to a boil during the cooking process.

Coffee Machines

Coffee machines usually produce water heated to about70 to 80 degrees Celsius, which is sufficient to destroy pathogens. This temperature must be maintained for a sufficient amount of time to ensure that all harmful organisms are destroyed. Therefore, let the coffee stand for at least five minutes before drinking.

Brushing teeth

This includes daily oral hygiene such as cleaning dentures

Infant formulas

Formulas should always be prepared by using boiled tap water or bottled water that is boiled.

Making Ice

It is important to note that freezing does not destroy most pathogens. Bacteria and viruses can survive in frozen products for long periods of time. Discard any ice made from contaminated or potentially contaminated water

Fruit and vegetable washing

Boiled water should be used to wash all produce that is to be eaten raw.

Home canning

To be safe postpone home canning until the boil water notice has been rescinded.

Beer and wine making

To be safe postpone beer and wine making until the boil water notice has been rescinded.

Water for pets

Veterinarians that were consulted by VIHA recommend that drinking water for pets including dogs, cats, birds and reptiles should also be boiled.

Immune-Compromised Individuals

People who are immune compromised should always boil their tap water for the purposes above.