Monday, April 23, 2018
News Roundup

Boil water warning lifted in Land O'Lakes neighborhoods

A boil water warning has been lifted for Cypress Cove, Foxwood and Paradise Lakes, as of 12:45 p.m. Wednesday.

A lightning strike knocked out power on Sunday afternoon, and the Florida Governmental Utility Authority issued a precautionary boil-water warning — but not until the next day. There was no break in the line. The outage resulted in a pressure loss.

"The Precautionary Boil Water Notice Advisory has been rescinded," spokesman Matthew Rihs said, "as the second round of samples indicated the water was safe to drink."

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection guidelines state a total pressure loss should always result in a precautionary boil water notice, and for a partial loss, it's up to the discretion of the utility company. To lift the notice, two consecutive days of bacteriological samples, representative of the affected areas, must be collected.

Some residents were troubled by the layover between the outage and the boil order, but DEP guidelines state an order must be given within 24 hours if contaminants are found.

The FGUA is working on advisories of the rescission on electronic billboards posted at the neighborhood entrances, on its website and through media advisories and reverse 911 calls, Rihs said.

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