Health Department releases guidelines for public places during water crisis

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Shelby County Health Department released a list of guidelines for public establishments to follow during the boil water advisory.

These establishments include schools, daycares, tattoo parlors, restaurants, and other businesses that provide services to the public.

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The Health Department provided the following list of guidelines:

  • Identify a “person in charge” to be responsible for an operating plan and ongoing
    management of water-related issues and activities during the boil water advisory and
    to ensure compliance with health and safety protocols for your facility.

  • Secure a supply of drinkable water.

  • Store disinfected water in a clean, sanitized container with a cover.

  • Shut off drinking fountains.

  • Post signs at drinking fountains in kitchens and bathrooms to advise people not to drink the water.

  • Discontinue using tap water for indoor and outdoor play and all recreational activities.

SCHD also included a list of guidelines for schools and childcare facilities during the boil water advisory:

  • Limit menus to items that do not require water to prepare, such as microwaveable foods.

  • Use bottles, boiled, or disinfected water for food and beverage preparation activities, washing of fruits and vegetables, and mixing beverages.

  • Use disposable plates, cups, and utensils if possible.

  • Wash hands with soap and water to reduce the number of germs on them.

The SCHD says that all public establishments not adhering to the boil water advisory pose a significant threat to public health and are subject to closure.

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