Boil water alert issued for Tampa Water Department Customers

TAMPA - The Tampa Water Department has issued a boil water alert for its customers on Friday.

The department reported a power failure affecting the City of Tampa David L. Tippin Water Treatment Facility.

It resulted in a loss of water service for some customers and low pressure for others.

All customers within the City of Tampa water service area are urged to follow precautionary boil water procedures for the next 48 hours.

The cause:

Tampa Electric says the cause of the outage was likely caused by a "perfect storm"  There are two lines that feed power to the plant.  One line was likely damaged by a squirrel or rodent.  Tampa Electric reports that there was also a problem with the city's equipment that exacerbated the issue, causing the second line to fail.

Power was restored at 4 p.m.

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
containers.

• 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
ingested.

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.

To view the map of the areas under a boil water advisory, click here .

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