A boil-water alert has been issued for portions of Stony Point and Haverstraw after the Suez D Distribution Network said it lost pressure after an overnight water-main repair Saturday.
When the distribution pipes and mains lose pressure it increases the chance that untreated water and harmful microbes could enter the system, Suez said in its announcement.
Residents covered by the alert should bring all water to a boil, let it boil for one minute, and let it cool before using, or use bottled water certified for sale by the New York State Department of Health.
Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, and food preparation until further notice. Boiling kills most bacteria and other organisms in the water.
Harmful microbes in drinking water can cause diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches, or other symptoms. They may pose a special health risk for infants, some elderly, and people with severely compromised immune systems. If you experience any of these symptoms and they persist, you may want to seek medical advice.
For more information, please contact the Operations Department of Suez at (845) 623-1500 x 2225 or the Rockland County Department of Health at (845) 364-2608. Additional information at www.mysuezwater.com/newyork .