Hamilton issues 'all clear' alert to cancel boil water advisory

HAMILTON, Ohio - A boil water advisory issued for multiple communities in the city of Hamilton has been lifted.

Officials from the city issued an "all clear" alert Friday Friday after water sampling conducted indicates that the water supply was safe for human consumption, or coliform negative.

The advisory affected all customers in the Columbia Heights, Columbia Woods, Southern Hills and Carriage Hill subdivisions, according to a release from the city.

City officials say they were forced to issue the advisory on Wednesday after Hamilton's water distribution system experienced a drop in water pressure. They warned that if water pressure were to drop below 20 psi bacterial contamination of the drinking water would be a possibility.


However, the boil advisory was a precautionary measure and the likelihood of contamination was minimal, officials said.

For future reference, if you are affected by a water boil advisory, you should take the following precautions:

1.      Assure purity of water by boiling vigorously for a least one (1) full minute (after water begins to bubble).

  • Boiling kills harmful bacteria that could be in the water that can cause illness
  • Includes water used for brushing teeth, making ice & drinks, washing food, and even water for pets
  • Throw away any ice made during a boil advisory - freezing does not kill bacteria
  • After advisory - flush house pipes, ice makers, hot water heaters, water softeners, garden hoses and change filters before using for drinking and cooking
  • Adults & teens can use water for bathing - but be careful not to swallow water
  • Young children should be given a sponge bath since they often swallow water
  • Wash clothes as you normally do
  • You can use your dishwasher as long as there is a high temperature cycle

2.     Utilize bottled water for drinking and cooking.

For more information you can call 513-785-7550.

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