The city of Tampa is offering free bottled water in bulk quantities to business and non-profit organizations as a boil-water notice stretches into Wednesday.
The city of Tampa and some unincorporated areas surrounding the city have been under a boil-water notice since a contractor struck and broke a water main line Monday afternoon, flooding some streets with knee-high water and causing the precautionary boil water notice.
The City of Tampa Parks and Recreation Department will be handing out bulk offerings of bottled water at a dedicated “business only” distribution site at Al Lopez Park, 4810 N. Himes Ave. The site is open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday while supplies last, according to a news release. Face coverings are also available.
Business owners may request up to five cases of bottled water per location through the city’s online request form. (Click here for the request form.) The form must be completed prior to arriving at the distribution site, according to the release. A Tampa-issued business license is required at the pick-up site.
For face masks, a separate form must be completed. (Click here for the form.)
Tampa residents may still visit the four other bottled water distribution sites for free supplies. The hours are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday or while supplies last.
- Himes Avenue Sports Complex: 4501 S. Himes Ave.
- MacFarlane Park: 1700 N. MacDill Ave. (near the basketball courts – turn onto Main Street from MacDill Ave)
- Al Barnes Park: 2902 N. 32nd St.
- New Tampa Community Center: 17302 Commerce Park Blvd.
Residents are limited to two face coverings per person and one case of bottled water. Households with more than four members may receive an additional case of water. No I.D. is required.
City officials are experiencing a high demand for bottled water as the boil water notice continues. It has impacted some Tampa area businesses this week. Busch Gardens closed early Monday and remained closed on Tuesday and Wednesday.
A Starbucks on Kennedy Boulevard closed and used a sandwich board to block the entrance to its drive-thru. The Dunkin’ Donuts next door remained open, but had a sign in front of its drive-thru warning customers about a limited drink menu. Bottled water sold in grocery stores like Publix in Tampa had empty shelves Wednesday.