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The Boil Water Advisory has been officially lifted! We’re pleased to report that our sampling results have met the requirements of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.
A very special thank you goes to:
- Our City crews for tirelessly working to repair the damaged lines
- City staff who assisted in distributing bottles of water to affected residents
- Our friends at Niagara bottling for their gracious donations of water in our time of need
Now that the boil water advisory has been lifted, residents are encouraged to review a few post-advisory tips to resume normal water use.
Steps To Follow After A Boil Water Notice Is Issued
Once the boil water notice is lifted, it is important to clear the lines in your house or business of possibly contaminated water. Below is a list of steps that are recommended to better ensure your home does not have any contaminated water lines.
1. Flush water
- Unscrew and remove the faucet aerator (screen).
- Turn on each cold water faucet/tap slowly.
- Run cold water for five minutes.
- Clean and reinstall aerator.
2. Clear hot water tanks/heaters - Run hot water only at all faucets and flush until water runs cool or typically for a minimum of:
- 15 minutes for a typical household 40 gallon hot water tank.
- 30 minutes for a hot water tank greater than 40 gallons.
3. Replace filters - Water filters, such as ones used in refrigerators, faucets, pitchers and under the sink, are not designed to remove the specific bacteria potentially present during a boil water advisory. If you ran water through your filter during the boil water advisory, the filter could be contaminated.
- Remove and discard water filters.
- Replace with a new filter following flushing.
- Note: If you can't flush or run water when filter is removed, replace it with the new filter after flushing. Always follow manufacturer's directions for filter replacement.
4. Check appliances - Always read and follow the owner's manual for directions to clean and flush all appliances that use water.
- After flushing hot water pipes and water heater, run empty dishwasher one time on the hottest or "sanitize" cycle.
- Always follow filter replacement recommendations above.
- For refrigerators without filters, flush water dispensers by running at least one quart of water. If unsure of your dispenser's capacity, refer to manufacturer specifications.
- Flush home automatic ice makers. Make three batches of ice cubes and discard all three batches.
- Water Softeners
- Run water softeners through a full regeneration (flush) cycle.