Yesterday afternoon city officials in Midland issues a Boil Water Notice, meaning city water was not safe to use without being boiled, this does include RO water as well.
As you can imagine there was a run on the bank with water at local stores. If you are in need of water, the city has set up several distribution centers in Midland beginning in the early afternoon today. Those locations are Stonegate Fellowship, MLK Center on Butternut Lane, First Baptist Church on Garfield, and Midland College Chap Center.
Schools and many daycares are also closed in Midland today. If your child goes to an after-school program at the Boys and Girls Club, you can pick up their meal at the MLK Center on Butternut Lane.
If your child receives a Food2Kids bag, you can pick up one meal per child at South Elementary on Dakota Ave or the MLK Center from 1-3.
If your child is a student at MISD and is in need of food, can stop by the Family Support Center in the MISD Administration Building for assistance from 8a-5p.
The City of Midland posted the following information that may answer some of your questions about boiling your water:
Drinking water or for human consumption must be boiled and cooled before use. All water, including that from a reverse osmosis system, should boil vigorously and then boil for two minutes.
Tips for boiling water:
• Fill a pot with water.
• Heat water until bubbles pop from bottom of pot upwards.
• When the water breaks to boil, let it boil for 2 minutes.
• Turn off the heat source and let the water cool.
• Pour water into a clean container with lid to store it.
Suggestions for different types of water usage:
Prepare and cook food
• Wash all fruits and vegetables with cooled boiled water or bottled water.
• Bring the water to boil for 2 minutes before adding the foods to boil.
• Use boiled water when preparing drinks, such as coffee, tea and lemonade.
• Wash food preparation surfaces with boiling water.
Feeding babies and using formula milk
• If possible, use ready-to-use baby formula milk.
• Prepare formula milk powdered or concentrated with bottled water. Use boiled water if you don't have bottled water. If you can't boil the water, disinfect it.
• Wash and sterilize bottles and teats before use.
• If you can’t sterilize bottles, try using single serving bottles, ready-to-feed.
• Do not use ice from cubes, ice dispensers, or ice makers.
• Threw away all the ice made with water from the key.
• Prepare fresh ice with boiled or bottled water.
Baths and Showers
• Be careful not to drink water when bathing or showering.
• Be careful when bathing babies and small children. Consider sponge bathing them to reduce their chance of them ingesting water.
Brush your teeth
Brush your teeth with boiled or bottled water. Don't use water from the key without trying.
Wash the Dishes
Using household dishwashers are generally safe to use if water
reaches a final rinse temperature of at least 150 degrees or if the
dishwasher has a disinfection cycle.
Washing the dishes by hand:
or Wash and rinse dishes as you normally would using hot water.
or In another bowl, add a teaspoon of domestic liquid bleach
no perfume for every liter of hot water.
or dip rinsed dishes in water for at least one
or Let the dish dry completely in the air.
You can do laundry as usual.
Pets can contract some of the same diseases as people. It's a good idea to give them boiled water that has also cooled down.
Boil the water from the key even if it's filtered. Most kitchen and household water filters don’t usually eliminate bacteria or viruses.