A precautionary boil water advisory has been issued because of a water valve leak at the corner of Bee Ridge Road and School Avenue. The water will be turned off before midnight today, July 12. About 185 residents and businesses will be affected. According to the county, the first samples will be pulled Wednesday morning to ensure the drinking water isn’t contaminated.
On Tuesday afternoon, Sarasota County began making automated telephone calls to notify residents in the area of the precautionary boil water advisory.
According to the county, while the it has no reason to believe the drinking water was contaminated, Florida law requires drinking water providers to issue precautionary boil water advisories to customers affected by pressure losses in water mains.
While the advisory is in effect, the county advises affected customers to boil all tap water intended for drinking, preparation of food, washing of food utensils, making ice, brushing teeth or for first aid, making sure the water is brought to a rolling boil for one minute.
The county will collect a series of samples in the affected area and analyze them to ensure the drinking water wasn’t contaminated by potentially harmful bacteria during the service interruption. Customers will be notified by another automated telephone call when the boil water advisory has been canceled, the county said.