ST. CHARLES COUNTY, Mo. (KSDK) -- A boil water order has been initiated in the cities of St. Peters and St. Charles.
It all has to do with a big water main break in a line from St. Louis that serves both St. Charles County cities.
At this time, these orders currently only affect water customers serviced by the cities of St. Peters and St. Charles. If you're receiving water from Missouri American Water Company, you are not affected by this.
Take the following precautions:
1. Boil water vigorously for three minutes prior to use. Use only boiled water for drinking, brushing teeth, diluting fruit juices and all other food preparation or consumption. Use of bottled water may be a feasible, though relatively expensive, alternative to boiling tap water when under a boil water order.
2. Do not use ice from a household automatic icemaker or use any ice made with unboiled water from this system. Remake ice cubes with water that has been boiled or buy ice.
3. Disinfect dishes and other food contact surfaces by immersion for at least one minute in clean tap water that contains one teaspoon of unscented household bleach per gallon of water.
4. Let water cool sufficiently before drinking.
ALSO: Water used for hand-washing or bathing does not generally need to be boiled. Supervision of children is necessary while bathing or using backyard pools so water is not ingested. Persons with cuts or severe rashes may wish to consult their physicians.
The order will be in effect until further notice.