Refuge wide Boil Order for drinking water

Boil Order

This Boil Order includes the Holy City, Refuge Visitor Center, Headquarters, Environmental Education Center, and Doris Campground.

What should I do?


  • DO NOT DRINK THE WATER WITHOUT BOILING IT FIRST. Bring all water to a full, rolling boil, let it boil for one minute, and let it cool before using, or use bottled water. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, preparing food, making baby formula, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, bathing infants who may drink bath water, or cleaning open wounds until further notice. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water.
  • E. coli are bacteria whose presence indicates that the water may be contaminated with human or animal wastes. Human pathogens in these wastes can cause short-term effects, such as diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches, or other symptoms. They may pose a greater health risk for infants, young children, the elderly, and people with severely compromised immune systems.
  • The symptoms above are not caused only by organisms in drinking water. If you experience any of these symptoms and they persist, you may want to seek medical advice. People at increased risk should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers.

For more information, please read the attached Public Notice or contact the Refuge Visitor Help Desk at 580-429-2197.