The City of Newburgh has put a boil water notice in effect, starting March 14.

The City of Newburgh released the notice via Facebook on March 14 around 5 p.m. The City advises that people bring water to a rolling boil, let it cool for one minute, and then use it how necessary. If you do not want to boil water, they are also advising that you use bottled water that was approved for sale by the New York State Department of Health.

The notice was put into effect after a private contractor was working on a sewer line and struck a water service line. In order to repair the line, the water main was shut down. According to the press release from the City of Newburgh, when the main is turned off, water pressure is lowered, making it easier for untreated water and microbes to enter the water.

The microbes that could enter the water could cause diarrhea, nausea, headaches, or cramps. They could also be a serious risk to infants and elderly people. The release adds that microbes are not the only cause of these symptoms. If you have these persisting symptoms, the City encourages you to seek medical advice.

Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, washing dishes, making ice, brushing teeth, and cooking until further notice. For more information, contact the City of Newburgh at (845)-565-3356 or the Orange County Department of Health at (845)-291-2331.