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Subject: How safe is tap water when a boil water order ends?

Date: Sat Feb 5 21:43:09 2005
Posted by Ron
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Area of science: Other
ID: 1107661389.Ot

   A family had been away from their home for a few days.  They return and are 
told that there had been a boil order which is now ended.  Wouldn't there be 
unsafe, residual water in the water lines of their home?  Why aren't consumers 
instructed to open each tap for "X" number of minutes before the water is safe?
   When the problem in the municipal water system is corrected, how can the 
unsafe water be purged without allowing it to flow out through each tap?

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