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UPDATE: Tampa boil water notice rescinded

Thursday, Dec. 10th: The precautionary boil water notice issued earlier this week as a result of the water main break at the David L. Tippin Water Treatment Facility is no longer in effect in our service area which includes the City of Tampa as well as parts of unincorporated Hillsborough County. The water in our service area is now confirmed to be safe to drink.

Businesses and residents that are reopening their facilities or using their water for the first time in several days will want to run their taps before using it for cooking or drinking. This will help to remove stagnant water from plumbing systems and brings in fresh water from water mains. Here’s a checklist prepared by the EPA that you can use.

TAMPA, Fla. — The boil water notice for residents in the city of Tampa, along with some Hillsborough County residents, will last until at least Thursday following a water main break on Monday.

The notice continued into Tuesday, as crews worked through the night. The city said work is expected to be completed sometime Tuesday. However, samples will need to be taken of the water, which then must be cleared by the health department, then the process must be repeated before they get the all-clear.

To make sure everyone is safe, the precautionary boil water notice will last another 48-72 hours from Tuesday morning, Mayor Castor said. Out of an abundance of caution, the notice will likely last until at least Thursday morning.

The Tampa Water Department said the water main break occurred outside their David L. Tippin Water Treatment Facility.

Mayor Castor said this particular water treatment plant was ground zero for water treatment, which is why it impacted the whole city. Had crews not rerouted the water so quickly, the city literally would have run out of water.

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