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84-inch water main bursts _ 1B

Odessa and Land O'Lakes residents are advised to boil their drinking water because of a break in a huge water main that supplies parts of Pasco and Pinellas counties.

The 84-inch main, operated by the West Coast Regional Water Supply Authority, ruptured Thursday near Gunn Highway and State Road 54 in the Odessa area.

The water advisory covers Pasco County utilities customers in the Lake Padgett, Wyndham Lakes, Parker Point, Fairway Springs and Ellington Place subdivisions.

The break caused pressure to drop on a line supplying those customers, raising the possibility of tainted water, West Coast spokeswoman Michelle Klase said.

The authority is recommending that customers boil water used for drinking or food preparation for at least one minute before use. It was not clear how long the advisory would last or how many customers it affected.

Customers of other utilities aren't affected.

The ruptured main usually carries 50-million to 60-million gallons of water a day to western Pasco and Pinellas counties. West Coast said it expected to have the main back online by Monday or Tuesday.

In the meantime, western Pasco and Pinellas customers won't have to boil water.

However, they are asked to conserve.