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Boil water order lifted in New Tampa

NEW TAMPA — A boil water order was lifted for parts of New Tampa this afternoon.

The order affected thousands of city of Tampa Water Department customers who live east of I-275, west of Morris Bridge Road, north of Dona Michelle Drive and south of County Line Road.

A bacteriological test of the water system came back clean at 3 p.m. Friday, said Elias Franco, a Tampa Water Department official.

A construction incident led to the boil order Thursday afternoon. While relocating a water main pipe, workers shut off two main water valves thinking a third valve would provide adequate water pressure to area homes without interruption. But that third valve had also been shut off because of an unrelated construction project elsewhere. With all main valves closed, New Tampa residents experienced a few minutes without water pressure before city restored pressure, Franco said.

But as a rule, whenever water pressure decreases below a certain level, bacteriological testing is required before drinking can resume.

"The interruption in service lasted minutes but the consequence of that was we had to take all these precautionary steps," Franco said.

Residents are being notified that the water is safe via the Alert Tampa system, flashing road signs, homeowner association emails and the city's website.

Boil water order lifted in New Tampa 09/23/11 [Last modified: Friday, September 23, 2011 3:53pm]
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