TAMPA, Fla. - Update: Sunday 3:30am The precautionary boil water notice that has been in place in Tampa since Friday afternoon has been lifted. The city says the water is safe to drink.
The boil water advisory continues for the city of Tampa and some Hillsborough County residents, but it could be lifted as soon as Sunday morning, officials say.
Officials with the water department say there are 25 sampling stations throughout the city and that city workers are waiting for the results of the first round of tests. They'll test the water again tonight and if it's clear, the boil water advisory could be lifted as early as Sunday morning. If the tests come back positive then the advisory could be extended into Monday.
Some restaurants, like Tampa Starbucks, are only serving packaged food and bottled water. Many people are buying up bottled water from grocery stores and other retailers.
The Tampa Water Department has issued these guidelines:
• Bringing the water to a rolling boil and holding it there for one (1) minute
• Using a disinfecting chemical. If you can not boil water, you should put eight (8) drops of common
household bleach (unscented) 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
¼ teaspoon of bleach instead of 8 drops, shake it, and let it stand for 30 minutes. There should be as
light chlorine odor. Use common household bleach that has 5 to 6% active ingredients. Use food grade
• 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 as an alternative,
and use tap water you have safely stored before the emergency in clean sanitary food grade containers.
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 bath supervised to ensure water is not
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.
Businesses and non-residential sites should take steps such as posting notices at, or disabling water
fountains and ice machines.
If you provide water to visitors or employees, use commercially produced bottled water for drinking or beverage preparation (coffee). Foodservice operations have additional requirements from their regulatory agency.
If you have any questions about the affected areas, you can call the City of Tampa Utilities Call center: 813-274-8811.
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