A Boil Water notice has been issued to all city of Tampa residents by the Hillsborough County water resources department and Tampa Water Department. This water boil notice was issued following a water main break that occurred outside of the David L. Tippin water treatment facility near Seminole Heights due to a third-party worker hitting a transmission causing lower water pressure in the area.
Residents are advised to use bottled or boiled water for drinking, food preparation and cooking. If bottled water is not available the water should be brought to a full rolling boil for one minute and allowed to cool before being use. It is strongly recommended that you boil tap water even if it is filtered, as there is still a chance of the water being contaminated.
Residents have also been advised to add eight drops (about 1/8th teaspoon) of five percent to six percent active ingredient bleach per gallon of tap water, then shake and let stand for 30 minutes prior to drinking. They warn that if the water appears cloudy you should instead use 16 drops and that you should notice a slight chlorine odor. The county warns against using water from any appliance that is connected to the water line, this includes water and ice from a refrigerator both of which could be contaminated.
The Tampa water department has also issued a citywide ban on irrigation watering which requires all residents to shut off all automatic irrigation meters and sprinkler systems until further notice.