"Boil your water before using!" This warning was issued by Meridian Township Police Department via their blog today after routine testing was done on the water used by Meridian Township and East Lansing.

The water is regularly tested and monitored for turbidity, or cloudiness, to make sure it's being properly filtered. The acceptable standard of cloudiness is 1.0 NTU turbidity units; today's tests show that water for Meridian Twp. and East Lansing is currently at levels as high as 4.6 NTU turbidity units. What can levels this high do...

"Turbidity alone has no health effects.  But it can interfere with disinfection, allow harmful microbes to grow, and may indicate the presence of harmful microbes, including bacteria, viruses, and parasites.  These can cause diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches, or other symptoms and may pose a special health risk for infants, some elderly, and people with severely compromised immune systems. But these symptoms are not just caused by microbes in drinking water. If you experience any of these symptoms and they persist, you should seek medical advice."

At this time, "filter performance has been restored and turbidity levels at the Plant are returning to normal", but it's advised that any tap water that would be used for drinking, washing dishes/clothes, making ice, brushing teeth, or preparing food should be boiled until further notice, an estimated 24 - 48 hours. It's instructed that "tap water [come] to a rolling boil, boil for one minute, and cool before using." Get more info HERE.

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