Why are precautionary "Boil Water Notices" issued?

A "Boil Water Notice" is issued when water pressure in an affected area  falls below 20 p.s.i. When pressure falls to this level there is the  potential of back-siphonage and cross-contamination of the water system.  Events that may cause low pressure are water main breaks, high service  pump failure or planned construction of water lines. When these events  occur, a "Boil Water Notice" is issued as a precautionary measure, and  is in effect until bacteriological samples have been taken, analyzed and  the results indicate that the water is safe to drink. After two  consecutive days of bacteriological tests have passed, the "Rescinding  of Boil Water Notices" are distributed.

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1. As a resident what am I responsible for if there is a leak?
2. What is a precautionary "Boil Water Notice"?
3. Why are precautionary "Boil Water Notices" issued?
4. Who do I call for poor water quality?
5. If I want to install a well for lawn sprinkling; what steps do I have to take?