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Boil water order lifted for Sebastian County residents

According to the James Fork Regional Water District, customers north of Sturgeon Road and Cedar Valley Road were under a boil order after a water break.

SEBASTIAN COUNTY, Ark. — James Fork Regional Water District announced on Thursday, Oct. 20 that customers north of Sturgeon Road and Cedar Valley Road areno longer under a boil order.

On Oct. 17, an official with James Fork said the boil order was put in place after a water break.

A boil order is a public-health advisory issued by authorities to residents when a community's drinking water is or could be contaminated by pathogens.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), these advisories mean you should:

  • Use bottled or boiled water for drinking, and to prepare and cook food.
  • If bottled water is not available, bring water to a full rolling boil for 1 minute (at elevations above 6,500 feet, boil for 3 minutes). After boiling, allow the water to cool before use.
  • Boil tap water even if it is filtered (for example, by a home water filter or a pitcher that filters water).
  • Do not use water from any appliance connected to your water line, such as ice and water from a refrigerator.
  • Breastfeeding is the best infant feeding option. If you formula feed your child, provide ready-to-use formula, if possible.


  • In many cases, you can use tap water and soap to wash hands during a boil water advisory. Follow the guidance from your local public health officials.
  • Be sure to scrub your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Then, rinse them well under running water.
  • If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Bathing and showering

  • Be careful not to swallow any water when bathing or showering.
  • Use caution when bathing babies and young children. Consider giving them a sponge bath to reduce the chance of them swallowing water.

For more information and instructions on what to do during a boil water advisory, click here.

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