I already drank the water. Will I get sick?

Almost everyone who drinks this water will be fine and will have no symptoms at all. Those people who do develop symptoms may suffer nausea, diarrhea, cramps, and possibly a mild fever. These symptoms are very much what you would expect from a case of food poisoning. 

If you get these symptoms, you should wash your hands frequently and avoid dehydration. Call a doctor if an infant or elderly person develops these symptoms or if you have a weakened immune system. You should also call a doctor if you have diarrhea and any of the following symptoms: 

  •  Fever over 101.5° F, measured orally. 
  • Blood in the stool. 
  • Prolonged vomiting that prevents keeping liquids down (which can lead to dehydration). 
  • Signs of dehydration, including a decrease in urination, a dry mouth and throat, and feeling dizzy when standing up. 
  • Diarrheal illness that lasts more than 3 days.  

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1. When E. Coli is found in my drinking water, what does that mean?
2. How long will this problem with the water last?
3. Should I drink bottled water during an advisory?
4. I do not have bottled water available for drinking. How do I boil my water to make it safe to drink?
5. I don’t like the taste of boiled water. What can I do?
6. I do not have bottled water for drinking and I cannot boil my water to make it safe to drink. How do I disinfect my water to make it safe to drink?
7. Can I use my coffee maker, ice machine, or water or soda dispenser?
8. Can I use ice from my refrigerator/freezer?
9. What should I do about preparing food and beverages? How should I wash fruit, vegetables, and food preparation surfaces?
10. What should I do about feeding my baby?
11. How do I wash dishes during a boil water advisory?
12. I already drank the water. Will I get sick?
13. What should I do if I have symptoms?
14. Should I give my pets boiled water?
15. Do I need to worry about my fish or aquatic pets (e.g., reptiles, frogs)?
16. Is it safe to water my garden and house plants?
17. Is it safe to let my children play in a kiddie pool filled with tap water?
18. Can I use tap water to wash my hands?
19. Can I use tap water to brush my teeth?
20. Is it safe to take a shower or bath?
21. What about shaving?
22. What about doing laundry?
23. What about cooking?