I wasn't sure where to post this, so if it would be better somewhere else in the forum let me know.
Our city's water treatment plant has been have some issues going on seven days know. We've been under a boil alert since last Friday evening. I won't go into details of what's been reported as the reason for the boil alert unless someone wants more info. The mayor and water dept says the turbidity level and baterial levels have been at or less than the approved amounts but the EPA will not certify them. (There are other issues such as notification, or lack of notification, to the citizens. I've been buying store brand drinking water since this began.
I am using city water for showers and doing laundry. My question concerns washing dishes. I can't get an answer from the city if a dishwasher's drying cycle would be hot enough to sterilize dishes even if the bateria level would be somewhat high. That's a moot point for me, anyway, because I am the dishwasher. Three days ago I decided to boil enough water to fill both sink basins and wash dishes. Boiling enough water took a bit over an hour but it took close to four hours for the water to cool enough for me to wash the dishes. Since we use bleach to sanitize our pools, would that be ok for sanitizing water to wash dishes? I found a couple websites dealing with using bleach for drinking water in emergency conditions and they call for 1/8 teaspoon per gallon.