Bathing Water and Pool Water 'OK' in Rio Bravo/El Cenizo
Aug 23, 2013 at 4:40 PM CST
Aug 23, 2013
It might seem like a never-ending task for some residents of Rio Bravo and El Cenizo, boiling water for their family’s health. But one thing residents don't have to worry about is their water to bath in. According to Dr. Pellicia of Laredo Medical Center, bathing water is not a danger to your health. "It is completely safe to bathe in the water, you are using soap and you are using the detergents when you’re washing dishes or taking a shower, all that is perfectly safe, that is no problem, that is the idea of soap." Chlorine pools are also safe for a hot summer day swim. One thing to look out for is pools without chlorine; that's where anyone can catch a water related illness. "If you notice your children start developing, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, which is the most common symptoms of any water born illness, you should immediately suspect that it could have been the water they were exposed to and either go check on the water or not allow anyone to get into it until you know it is safe for people to get in to." As for drinking water, you need to boil it before anyone consumes it and the length of time it's on the stove matters. Doctors say it is important to boil your water for at least 10 minutes to make sure all the bacteria is gone. Boiling could also make the water's taste change. "Once you boil the water, you can just pass it from one pot to another several times to let the water capture some of the oxygen in the atmosphere and actually that will bring regular flavor back to your water." It is also important to remember to boil your cooking water and water to make ice with as well. Doctors said because we live so close to the border and all of our water supply comes from the Rio Grande, he recommends boiling water year round, not just when there is a boil alert.