How will I know if my water isn't safe to drink?
You will be notified by newspaper, mail, radio, TV, or hand-delivery if your water doesn't meet EPA or state standards or if there is a waterborne disease emergency. The notice will describe any precautions you need to take, such as boiling your water. The most common drinking water emergency is contamination by disease-causing germs. Boiling your water for one minute will kill these germs. You can also use common household bleach or iodine to disinfect your drinking water at home in an emergency, such as a flood (see EPA's emergency disinfection fact sheet for specific directions on how to disinfect your drinking water in an emergency).

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1. Where does my water come from?
2. What's in my drinking water?
3. Do I need to take special precautions?
4. How will I know if my water isn't safe to drink?
5. What is the hardness of Pocatello's water?
6. Does the City of Pocatello fluoridate the water?
7. How can I get my water tested?
8. Why does Pocatello flush its fire hydrants?
9. Why does my water have a dirty or milky appearance?
10. What is a consumer confidence report and why does the city mail the report to customers?
11. Do you recommend installing a home water treatment unit?
12. How can I participate in important decisions regarding my drinking water?
13. How can I contact other agencies regarding drinking water?