Boil Water Notice FAQ's

League City is currently under a “Boil Water Notice” for at least several more days—possibly until early next week. 


A Boil Water Notice is issued when circumstances arise that prevent municipal water from being effectively treated for safe drinking. When this happens, your tap water could potentially have harmful pathogens in it. Boiling the water for two minutes will make it safe for consumption. Ensure the water has cooled before using it for drinking, brushing your teeth, etc. Bottled water is another safe option.


The information below is based on recommendations from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.


Q: Can I wash my hands in tap water during a boil water notice?

A: Yes. 

In many boil water situations, it is still safe to wash your hands with water from the tap. Scrub your hands with soap for at least 20 seconds.


Q: Is the water safe to bathe in?

A: Yes. 

Take care not to swallow any water while bathing. It’s recommended that small children and babies are given a sponge bath to reduce the risk of ingestion. 


Q: Is it safe to use tap water when brushing my teeth?
A: No.

Use bottled or previously boiled water when brushing your teeth. 


Q: Can I wash my dishes in the dishwasher?
A: Yes and No.

It is safe to wash your dishes in the dishwasher if your machine reaches a final rinse temperature of at least 150° F or if your machine has a sanitizing setting. If your machine doesn’t have those capabilities, you need to wash your dishes by hand. You can do this safely by rinsing your dirty dishes as normal, then adding one teaspoon of unscented bleach for every gallon of warm water. Soak the dishes in the bleach water for at least one minute. Baby bottles need to be sterilized. Ensure dishes and utensils have fully dried before use.


Q: Is it safe for my pets to drink tap water?
A: No.
Animals are susceptible to many of the same harmful pathogens as people. Provide bottled or previously boiled water for you pets.


Q: The water from my refrigerator line is filtered and/or my tap has a filter. Is this water safe to drink?
A: No.

Any water coming from your water line—including water from your refrigerator, ice made in your refrigerator, or a filter attached to your sink tap—must be boiled to ensure safe consumption. Most kitchen/refrigerator filters do not filter out viruses or bacteria.


Q: Can I wash my laundry in the machine during a boil water notice?
A: Yes.
It is safe to wash your clothing as normal.


Q: Can I clean with tap water?
A: No.

Use bottled, boiled, or disinfected water (one teaspoon of bleach per gallon of water) to clean surfaces and washable toys.


Q: Can I rinse my produce in tap water?
A: No.

Rinse your fresh produce with bottled water or previously boiled water.

Q: Can I use tap water for cooking?
A: Yes and No.
 You can add food to a pot filled with tap water after it has been brought to a boil for two minutes. Use only boiled or bottled water to make coffee or tea.


Q: Can I water my plants with water from the tap or hose?
A: Yes.