Boil Advisory Guidance for Food Establishments

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A boil advisory has been issued for areas of Kankakee County, including Kankakee, Bradley, Bourbonnais, Grant Park, Manteno, Aroma Park, Limestone, University Park, and Green Garden.

Guidelines for Food Establishments: When a boil water advisory is issued that affects a food service establishment and the local health department does not indicate food service establishments must close, the following precautions should be taken by food service facilities until they are notified by authorities that the advisory has ended.

General: Post signs or copies of the water system’s health advisory. Develop a plan to notify and educate employees about emergency procedures.

Food Preparation: Shut off appliances that use tap water, such as ice machines, drinking fountains, produce misters, bottled water refill machines, soft drink fountains connected to the water supply, and water dipper wells. Discard ice and mixed beverages made with contaminated water. Use packaged ice from approved sources. Use bottled water, boiled water, or water that has been disinfected with bleach for drinking, food preparation, washing produce, and cooking. If possible, use disposable plates, cups, and utensils.

Hygiene and Cleaning: Wash hands with soap and tap water. When you are done washing and drying your hands, use an alcohol based hand-sanitizer and let hands air dry. Commercial dishwashers generally are safe to use if the water reaches a final rinse temperature of at least 165°F-180°F, as determined by your local or state authorities.

If you are not able to use disposable plates, cups, and utensils and do not have a dishwasher, wash dishes by hand following these instructions: Wash and rinse the dishes as you normally would using hot water. In a separate basin, add one teaspoon of unscented household bleach for each gallon of warm water. The bleach label should say that it contains 5-9 percent of sodium hypochlorite. Soak the rinsed dishes in the water for at least one minute. Let the dishes air dry completely before using again.

The local health department may add requirements to protect public health during the boil water advisory, such as modifying food preparation, prohibiting menu items, or closing operations. Consult with the Kankakee County Health Department for specific requirements.

When a food service establishment is notified the boil water advisory has been lifted and the drinking water supply is safe, the following actions need to be taken. Flush pipes throughout the facility by running each faucet with cold water. Flush, clean, and sanitize appliances that use tap water, such as beverage dispensers, spray misters, coffee and tea urns, ice machines, glass washers, dishwashers) according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Run water softeners through a regeneration cycle. Flush hot water tanks.

Also, Run drinking fountains continuously to flush the system. Replace and sanitize water filter cartridges according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Take proper steps to flush ice machines by following the manufacturer’s instructions, including: Throw out any remaining ice. Flush the water line to the machine inlet. Close the valve on the water line behind the machine. Disconnect the water line from the machine inlet. Open the valve and run five gallons of water through the valve. Dispose of the water. Close the valve.


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Boil Advisory Guidance for Food Establishments

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