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[UPDATE] Boil Water Notice for Some Tallahassee Residents

By: City of Tallahassee Press Release
By: City of Tallahassee Press Release

[UPDATE] 1-9 1:00PM --

Water is Safe for Customers in East Mahan Dr./I-10 Area - The City of Tallahassee is pleased to report that results from yesterday's water sampling efforts were satisfactory and thus the Precautionary Boil Water Notice for customers in the East Mahan Dr. area near Interstate 10 has been cancelled. Construction work by a private contractor Wednesday morning caused a lower than normal water pressure and although repairs were made quickly, customers in the affected area were advised to take precautionary steps in using water. Laboratory results received this morning indicate the water supply is safe and citizens no longer need to boil water.

Approximately 400 City water customers were affected by this incident. A precautionary notice was issued, per state Department of Environmental Protection direction, so customers could take remedial steps if they chose to. A mandatory boil water notice would indicate a far more serious concern, and in that case immediate action would be taken to notify customers through door-to-door canvassing efforts.

The City's Underground Utilities apologizes for any inconvenience this may have caused and thanks customers for their patience. For more information, please contact Underground Utilities at 891-4YOU (4968).

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January 5, 2011

Customers Affected in East Mahan Dr. Area near I-10 - Due to construction in the area by a private contractor, a Precautionary Boil Water Notice is being issued by the City of Tallahassee for water customers on East Mahan Dr. from Thornton Rd. to Summit Lake Dr. near the Interstate 10 interchange, north to Miccosukee Rd from Thornton Rd to Arvah Branch Blvd. and south on Walden Rd. to Atascadero Ln. This notice affects approximately 400 City water customers. The contractor, working on the Mahan Dr. improvement project, closed a section of water pipe while capping the line. After construction had started, it was determined that water in the active part of the line fell below normal pressure, requiring a precautionary Boil Water Notice to be issued.

Water service has been restored to the area but because of the nature of water service outages, crews from the City's Underground Utilities are notifying all residents in the affected area, asking them to take precautionary steps before preparing food or using water for drinking purposes. Again, this is a precautionary notice, as a mandatory boil water notice would be issued when an imminent threat to public health exists.

To use water for cooking or drinking purposes, Underground Utilities advises residents to:

*bring water to a boil;
*let it boil for one minute;
*let the water cool before using; and
*as an alternative, you may use bottled water.

Until further notice, boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, bathing, washing dishes and food preparation. This is especially important for immuno-compromised individuals, infants or the elderly. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water. Another advisory will be issued when the boil water notice is canceled.

Alternatives to boiling the water include the use of bottled water or other disinfectant chemicals. The tap water may be disinfected using unscented household bleach (4-6% active ingredients) following these directions:

1) add 8 drops of bleach to each gallon of water;
2) mix the water; and
3) allow it to stand for a minimum period of 30 minutes.

Other approved chemical disinfectants are available at stores that sell camping and hiking supplies.

Public drinking water systems are required to maintain a disinfectant residual between 4.0 and 0.2 mg/L to inactivate disease-causing organisms associated with waterborne illnesses. Untreated drinking water is at risk for contamination by disease-causing bacteria and other organisms. Symptoms caused by these organisms may include diarrhea, cramps, nausea, and possibly jaundice, and any associated headache and fatigue. Water containing harmful organisms such as E. Coli bacteria can be considered safe for drinking and cooking after vigorously boiling the water for one minute. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has set enforceable drinking water standards for E. Coli to reduce the risk of these adverse health effects. Under this standard all drinking water must be free of these bacteria.

The City's Underground Utilities apologizes to customers in this area for the inconvenience. Water Quality Laboratory staff have collected samples in the area with results expected by Thursday morning, Jan. 6.

For more information, please contact the City's Water Quality Division at 891-1200.


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