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Boil water alert issued for Intercession City homes

Posted on Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 9:29 am

A malfunction of the Toho Water Authority Intercession City Water Plant caused a loss in water pressure for approximately two hours late Tuesday evening.  As a result Toho Water Authority is issuing a precautionary boil water advisory for customers located in Intercession City. Water service has been restored however the advisory will remain in effect until water samples show the water is safe to drink. Water samples are currently being collected but must incubate for at least 24-48 hours before results become available.
Approximately 500 homes are located in the affected area.
The affected area includes Toho customers living on the following streets: Sandy Oak Drive, Bobroff Boulevard, Wooten Road, Tomoka Avenue, Tallahassee Boulevard, Manatee Street, Okaloosa Court, Osceola Avenue, School Street, Hope Street, Wile Avenue, Caloosa Street, and Myakka Street, Sharon Avenue, Orange Avenue, Charity Street, Liberty Bell Street, Shepherd Lane, Hicpochea Street, Wauchula Street, Immokalea Street, Penniwa Street, Nocatee Street and Montzen Road.
Residents should boil their water prior to consumption (drinking, cooking, making ice, brushing teeth or washing dishes) as a precautionary measure.  A vigorous boil for one minute is adequate to render water bacteriologically safe for drinking. As an alternative bottled water may be used. The boil water alert will be in effect until a bacteriological survey shows that the water is safe to drink at which time the boil water alert will be lifted (rescinded) by Toho Water Authority.
Under a precautionary boil water notice, water used for consumption can be disinfected by any one of the following methods:
• Bringing the water to a rolling boil and holding it there for one (1) minute
• Using a disinfecting chemical. If you cannot boil water, you should put eight (8) drops of common household bleach which is about 1/8th teaspoon, into one (1) gallon of tap water, then shake it, and allow it to stand for 30 minutes before drinking. If the water is cloudy, use sixteen (16) drops, about 1/4th teaspoon of bleach instead of 8, shake it, and let it stand for 30 minutes. There should be a slight chlorine odor. Use common household bleach that has 5% to 6% active ingredients. Use food grade containers. Don’t use bleach that has perfume scents added.
• Using water purification tablets or iodine that many sports and camping stores sell
• You can also buy commercial bottled water for consumption and food preparation.
Consumption includes brushing teeth, washing fruits and vegetables, and homemade ice. Tap water may be used for showering, baths, shaving and washing, so long as care is taken not to swallow or allow water in eyes or nose or mouth. Children and disabled individuals should have their baths supervised to ensure water is not ingested. The time spent bathing should be minimized. Though the risk of illness is minimal, individuals who have recent surgical wounds, are immunosuppressed, or have a chronic illness may want to consider using bottled or boiled water for cleansing until the notice is lifted.
Call 407-944-5000 if you have questions or concerns.