Last week’s boil water advisory has been lifted, but the Department of
Environmental Health is reminding restaurants and markets that were impacted by the advisory to follow food and water safety procedures before reusing tap water.
Businesses should follow these water safety procedures:
• Run all faucets for 3 to 5 minutes to flush the lines with safe water
before use. Include all faucets located in restrooms, kitchens, waiter
stations and drinking fountains.
• Flush lines and sanitize all ice machines, coffee machines, post-mix
machines and fountain machines.
• Clean and sanitize all fixtures, sinks and equipment connected to
water supply lines.
• Before resuming use, follow the manufacturer’s recommended procedures
for disinfecting water softeners and filters. Also follow the manufacturer’s
recommended procedures for replacing all water filters, such as carbon
filters or the carbon media in filters, and for replacing the media in small
filters on ice machines, water treatment systems and beverage vending
• Rewash and sanitize all dishes, multi-use utensils and work areas.
Businesses should also follow these food safety procedures:
• Discard food potentially contaminated prior to the Boil Water Notice.
These foods may include prepared, ready-to-eat fruits and vegetables or foods
combined with raw fruits and vegetables that may have been washed with
• Foods or dishes with ice or water added as an ingredient or part of a
• Beverages made with water from the water supply system such as
juices, iced tea and coffee.
Detailed guidelines on these procedures can be found at www.sdcdeh.org.