UPDATE: Pinellas County Utilities rescinded a precautionary boil water notice in St.Pete Beach and Tierra Verde at 11:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 21, for customers impacted by a broken water main at the intersection of 75th Avenue and Blind Pass Road in St. Pete Beach. Normal water use can resume immediately for customers in these areas.
Water samples confirmed that there was no contamination to the potable water supply from the water main that broke Saturday at the intersection of 75th Avenue and Blind Pass Road. Pinellas County issued the precautionary boil water notice on Saturday, Dec. 19, pursuant to the Florida Department of Health regulations.
Pinellas County Utilities customers may call customer service at (727) 464-4000 with any questions.
(PREVIOUS STORY) PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – Water is flowing back into St. Pete Beach homes and businesses after a pipe broke during the weekend.
The low pressure caused some residents to lose water Saturday afternoon. Water was back on for many by Monday morning. Only a few residents are still without water, Pinellas County officials said.
The sound of running water is music to Jackie Smit’s ears. “It feels so nice to have water again,” Smit said.
The water at her restaurant, Jackie’s Bistro, came back on early Monday. She had been without it all weekend. She even had to close her doors Sunday to let county crews fix the problem.
“It had an impact on us,” Smit said.
Before closing for repairs, Smit catered two weddings – even after the water went out. “We went to Home Depot and we bought 55 gallon drums and we just went to my house and filled up the water from my house,” she explained.
Smit boiled water Monday because a boil order is still in effect.
8 On Your Side went to county officials for answers about the problem. “We only had a handful of residents since the weekend that did not have water, and they’re finishing those. We’ll stay here tonight until it’s complete,” said Alan Bollenbacher, utility division maintenance manager with Pinellas County.
Smit hopes she doesn’t have to deal with another situation like this anytime soon. “It was nerve-wrecking. I do not want to do it again,” she said.
County officials hope to lift the water boil notice by Tuesday.
Contractors are expected to be at the site Tuesday morning to start fixing the pipes. They hope to have those repaired by Christmas.