TARPON SPRINGS — City residents who have been boiling their tap water since Friday can expect at least a few more days of inconvenience.
The water line broken Friday has been repaired and reactivated, but residents should keep boiling water until they're notified by the city, said assistant public services director Paul Smith.
The city staff is awaiting the results of bacteriological samples taken to determine if the water is safe to drink.
The notice could be lifted Wednesday or Thursday, Smith said. The city will alert residents with door hangers and calls from the city's reverse 911 system.
About 300 homes and businesses are affected in the areas of Peninsula Avenue and Riverside Drive to Sunset Drive and Riverside Drive; Sunset Drive from Bayshore Drive to Riverside Drive; Eunice Drive; Loquat Drive; W Bayshore Drive; Seminole Avenue; Lucille Drive; and Bayshore Drive.
Smith said the notice was strictly precautionary.
The likelihood of becoming ill from potable water in these areas is extremely low, because the water is chemically treated to avoid contamination, he said. Also, water pressure was restored quickly, which minimizes the risk of pollution.
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