Sarasota County Utilities is repairing a water main break on Siesta Key on Beach Road from Ocean Boulevard to Calle Del Invierno, affecting an estimated 125 customers. Officials expect water service to be interrupted for at least 3-4 hours.
Sarasota County utility officials began notifying residents in the area of the water main break and the precautionary boil water advisory.
Although the county 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 urges affected customers to boil tap water intended for drinking, preparation of food, washing food utensils, making ice, brushing teeth or for first aid. Water should be brought to a rolling boil for one minute. Boiling the tap water disinfects it, destroying harmful microorganisms. Bottled water can be used as an alternative to boiling tap water.
Over the next few days, the county will collect a series of samples and analyze them to assure the drinking water wasn't contaminated by potentially harmful bacteria during the service interruption. Customers will be notified when the boil water advisory is canceled.