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Precautionary boil water notice issued
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Precautionary boil water notice issued

Sarasota, FL -- A precautionary boil water advisory has been issued after repairs to a water main break in the area of Gateway Avenue and Superior Avenue in Sarasota that interrupted services to approximately 90 Sarasota County Utilities customers.

The break was reported around 8:30 a.m. and service was restored by 11 a.m.

Sarasota County began using automated telephone calls to notify customers in the area of the precautionary boil water advisory.

While the county says it has no reason to believe the drinking water was contaminated, Florida law requires that drinking water providers issue precautionary boil water advisories to customers affected by pressure losses in water mains.

While the advisory is in effect, the county advises affected customers to boil all tap water intended for drinking, preparation of food, washing of food utensils, making ice, brushing teeth or for first aid, making sure the water is brought to a rolling boil for one minute. Boiling the tap water disinfects it, destroying any harmful microorganisms. Bottled water can be used as an alternative to boiling the tap water.

Over the next few days, the county will collect a series of samples in the affected area and analyze them to ensure the drinking water wasn’t contaminated by potentially harmful bacteria during the service interruption. Customers will be notified by another automated telephone call that the boil water advisory has been canceled.

For more information, contact the Sarasota County Call Center at 941-861-5000.


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