This story has been updated.
Two homes in Rockland County are under a boil water alert following a major water main break that affected motorists on the Orange Turnpike.
The break occurred Sunday at Orange Turnpike and Liberty Rock Road.
Suez spokesman Bill Madden said residents at No. 75 and No. 85 on the Orange Turnpike are under a boil water alert for the next few days as officials wait for water testing results.
Customers are to boil their water for one minute for the following uses: drinking, cooking, baking, washing dishes, making ice cubes, taking medication, brushing teeth, washing food, mixing baby formula, mixing juices or drinks, feeding pets or other consumption. Water does not have to be boiled for showering or washing clothes.
Harmful microbes in drinking water can cause diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches, or other symptoms. They may pose a special health risk for infants, some elderly, and people with severely compromised immune systems. The symptoms above are not just caused by organisms in drinking water. If you experience any of these symptoms and they persist, you may want to seek medical advice.
After the repairs are completed, it typically takes three to five days to administer tests to two sets of samples and receive laboratory results, so it is important for customers in the affected area to continue to boil water until further notice.
For more information, customers can call SUEZ at 877-426-8969 or the Rockland County Health Department at 845-364-2608.
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