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County repairing Siesta Key water main break
County repairing Siesta Key water main break

Sarasota, Florida -- Sarasota County Utilities is repairing a water main break on Siesta Key at 6619 Stickney Point Road that is affecting an estimated 2,460 customers.

Officials expect water service to be interrupted for at least 4-6 hours.

Officials say the service interruption also is affecting all businesses south of Stickney Point bridge. A turn lane is being used for south-bound traffic.

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

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

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

Over the next few days, the county will collect a series of samples and analyze them to assure the drinking water wasn't contaminated by potentially harmful bacteria during the service interruption. Customers will be notified by another automated telephone call when the boil water advisory is cancelled.