A precautionary boil water notice is in effect for approximately 500 City of Tampa water customers in South Tampa, the Tampa Water Department said.
Preliminary water quality samples taken in the area show a potential unidentified contamination, and more testing is being done to confirm those results, the water department said. The results of follow-up tests won’t be available until noon on Friday.
In the meantime, homes within the western boundary of S. Himes Avenue and east to the Hillsborough Bay, and from the north boundary of W. Ballast Point Boulevard south to MacDill Air Force Base are included in the notice. MacDill Air Force Base is not included.
Customers within the notice area should:
♦ Bring tap water to a rolling boil for at least one minute before using it for drinking or cooking.
♦ Allow the water to run until it is clear before washing clothes and discard any ice from automatic ice-makers.
♦ Use boiled or bottled water for brushing teeth.
♦ It is OK to use non-boiled water for bathing, but people should avoid getting water on cuts or wounds.
The exact cause of the contamination is unknown, the water department said, but no other customers are affected.
Customers are also urged to check online at tampagov.net or to call the City of Tampa Utilities Call Center for updates at (813) 274-8811. Water service customers can sign up to receive important information and emergency notifications, including information about boil water notices, from the City of Tampa at tampagov.net/Alert Tampa.