Water outage in Brandon after vehicle hits fire hydrant

BRANDON, Fla. — Water service is expected to be out for several hours on Thursday night in the Lake Shore Ranch community in Brandon after a vehicle hit a fire hydrant.

The accident happened near Rutherford Drive and East Wheeler Road. Repair requires the water to be shut off beginning at 9:30 p.m. Service is expected to be out for three to four hours, followed by a precautionary boil water notice. The water outage affects approximately 270 to 300 homes.

Once service is restored, customers are advised to boil their water as a precautionary measure until a rescission notice is issued.

The Hillsborough County Health Department requires a precautionary boil water notice after the pressure in the lines drops below a certain level. Although it is unlikely there is any contamination in the system, the notice means customers are advised, as a precautionary measure, to boil tap water for cooking and drinking. A full rolling boil for one minute is sufficient; cool before using. Allow the water to run until it is clear before washing clothes. Discard any ice from automatic ice-makers. 

Customers who have questions can call Hillsborough County Public Utilities at (813) 744-5600.

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