Some Windsor residents are under a boil water advisory

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The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit has issued a boil water advisory.

It’s a precautionary boil water advisory for homes on Pierre Street between Erie Street and Giles Boulevard and six homes on Richmond Street between 1160 and 1288.

Enwin Utilities said the boil water advisory is in effect until Saturday at 1 p.m.

Enwin said residents affected should use boiled or bottled water for drinking, cooking, making ice, washing fruits and vegetables, brushing teeth, and making baby formula. The utility said water should be brought to a rapid rolling boil and boiled for one minute prior to consumption.

Adults and teens can shower with untreated water as long as none is swallowed. Younger children should be sponge bathed instead of tub bathed, as they are less likely to swallow water that way.

It is safe to use the dishwasher, but only if your dishwasher has a hot setting. Otherwise, after the finishing cycle, soak dishes for one minute in a solution of 1 oz (30 mL) of bleach mixed with 3 gallons (13.5 litres) of lukewarm water, and then let the dishes air dry.

Laundry can be done as usual.

Cold water should be run through faucets for 1 minute before using the water after the boil water advisory is lifted.

Flush garden hoses by running them for one minute before using the water.

Drain and refill hot water heaters that are set below 45 C (most are automatically set at 60 C).