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Table 7 Use of tap water during the 'Do Not Drink' and 'Boil Water' stages.

From: Communication, perception and behaviour during a natural disaster involving a 'Do Not Drink' and a subsequent 'Boil Water' notice: a postal questionnaire study

  'Do Not Drink' (N = 159) 'Boil Water' (N = 116) p
  n % n %  
Using unboiled tap water for      
flush toilet 148 93.1 105 90.5 0.439
shower/bathe 120 75.5 97 83.6 0.102
wash hands 83 52.2 81 69.8 0.003
prepare/cook food witha 34 21.4 49 42.2 2.0 × 10-4
brush teetha 26 16.4 44 37.8 4.9 × 10-5
Drinka 15 9.4 34 29.3 2.1 × 10-5
Using boiled tap water for      
flush toilet 4 2.5 5 4.3 0.409
shower/bathe 6 3.8 5 4.3 0.823
wash hands 17 10.7 6 5.2 0.103
prepare/cook food withb 75 47.2 41 35.3 0.050
brush teethb 61 38.4 29 25.0 0.020
drink hotb 67 42.1 45 38.8 0.577
drink coldb 34 21.4 23 19.8 0.753
  1. aAction not safe with unboiled water if a 'Do Not Drink' or Boil Water' notice is in place.
  2. bAction not safe with boiled water if a 'Do Not Drink' notice is in place.