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Tampa will distribute free bottled water to business

Demand at distribution sites is high after pipe break forces boil-water notice.
Billy Smith, in center on truck, with the City of Tampa Parks and Recreation department, works to unload a new shipment of bottled water as they prepare to distribute water to vehicles in line at Al Barnes Park, 2902 N. 32nd on Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020 in Tampa. As of December 7, the City of Tampa is under a Boil Water Notice. Until the Boil Water Notice is rescinded, the Tampa Parks and Recreation Department will be distributing free bottled water to city residents. Bottled water is limited to 1 case per household. Households with more than 4 members may receive 2 cases. While picking up water, residents can also pick up free face coverings. Location include: Himes Ave. Sports Complex - 4501 S. Himes Ave, MacFarlane Park - 1700 N. MacDill Ave. (near the basketball courts Ð turn onto Main St. from MacDill Ave), Al Barnes Park - 2902 N. 32nd St., New Tampa Community Center - 17302 Commerce Park Blvd.
Billy Smith, in center on truck, with the City of Tampa Parks and Recreation department, works to unload a new shipment of bottled water as they prepare to distribute water to vehicles in line at Al Barnes Park, 2902 N. 32nd on Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020 in Tampa. As of December 7, the City of Tampa is under a Boil Water Notice. Until the Boil Water Notice is rescinded, the Tampa Parks and Recreation Department will be distributing free bottled water to city residents. Bottled water is limited to 1 case per household. Households with more than 4 members may receive 2 cases. While picking up water, residents can also pick up free face coverings. Location include: Himes Ave. Sports Complex - 4501 S. Himes Ave, MacFarlane Park - 1700 N. MacDill Ave. (near the basketball courts Ð turn onto Main St. from MacDill Ave), Al Barnes Park - 2902 N. 32nd St., New Tampa Community Center - 17302 Commerce Park Blvd. [ DIRK SHADD | Times ]
Published Dec. 9, 2020

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.

Related: Tampa water main repaired, but boil water notice still in effect

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.)

Related: What you need to know about Tampa’s boil water notice

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.