M. What about washing dishes?

Hand-washing dishes:

Wash and rinse the dishes as you normally would using hot water.

In a separate basin, add 1 teaspoon of unscented household liquid bleach for each gallon of warm water.

Soak the rinsed dishes in the water for at least one minute.

Let the dishes air dry completely.


Household dishwashers generally are safe to use if the water reaches a final rinse temperature of at least 150 degrees or if the dishwasher has a sanitizing cycle.

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1. A. What is a Boil Water Notice?
2. B. Why is the boil water notice important?
3. C. How does the City of Murphy inform customers about boil-water notices?
4. D. What does boiling water accomplish?
5. E. Why are Precautionary Boil Water Notices issued?
6. F. What if I accidentally drank tap water before I learned about the Boil Water Notice?
7. G. How long should water be boiled?
8. H. How does boiling water make it safe to drink?
9. I. Should I use bottled water?
10. J. Can I wash my hands in tap water during the notice period?
11. K. What about brushing teeth?
12. L. Can I take a shower?
13. M. What about washing dishes?
14. N. Can I wash food with tap water?
15. O. Can I use tap water for making coffee, tea, lemonade, baby formula, frozen juice, or other beverages?
16. P. Can I use my ice maker during the notice?
17. Q. Does a water filter protect me?
18. R. Is it safe to give water to pets?
19. S. Can I use tap water to water my grass or garden?
20. T. If the street next to my street is under a Precautionary Boil Water Notice, will the same precautions apply to me?
21. U. When will the Precautionary Boil Water Notice be lifted?
22. V. Is there anything I must do after the Precautionary Boil Water Notice is lifted?
23. W. Who should I contact with additional questions or concerns?