PINELLAS COUNTY, FL (WFLA) – Pinellas County Utilities crews restored water pressure for most of the customers in St. Pete Beach and Tierra Verde by Sunday morning but the precautionary Boil Water Notice is still in effect, officials said.
John Michael, who runs a pet friendly hotel in the area had his water restored late Sunday afternoon.
“Not having drinkable water, you couldn’t wash your face, couldn’t brush your teeth, nothing. So my my buddy and I, we run the place together, had to run to the grocery store and had to buy tons and tons of water just to make sure the guests and dogs were taken care of.”
According to PCU, the repair crews located a break in the potable water system at 75th Avenue and Blind Pass Road in St. Pete Beach. Crews will work throughout the day to restore pressure to the remaining customers close to the break who are still without pressure. Customers may experience lower than normal water pressure while the system returns to normal operation. The complete break repair could take several days, meaning some residents are still without running water. St. Pete Beach resident, Nina Crawford is one of them,
“We still are unable to take showers, we have to get the pool water to flush the toilets, the neighbors are coming over to get pool water so that they can flush their toilets.”
They will continue to work Sunday to restore pressure to the remaining customers close to the break who are still without pressure. According to PCU, the customers may experience lower than normal water pressure while the system returns to normal operation. Officials said they will repair the break completely in several days.
In their notice PCU officials said:
The precautionary boil water notice will be in effect for a minimum of 48 hours or until satisfactory analytical results confirm that the water is safe to drink. Pinellas County will continue collecting samples for analysis until the absence of contamination is confirmed. Customers will be notified when the precautionary boil water notice is rescinded.
Once satisfactory water quality is restored, please run cold water through all plumbing fixtures for several minutes until water is clear. Residents are advised to shut off ice makers and dispose of any ice made during the affected period.
Residents are advised to boil all water used for drinking, cooking, making ice, brushing teeth, or washing dishes. A rolling boil of one to three minutes is sufficient. For more information about boil water notifications, visit www.pinellascounty.org/boilwater.
More information will be provided as it becomes available. The Pinellas County Utilities customer service line is (727) 464-4000.