As a boil water notice continues for City of Tampa Water Department customers, Temple Terrace residents are wondering if they, too, should follow the order.
That depends, say Temple Terrace city officials.
“Customers in the Temple Terrace area who receive City of Tampa water service are asked to boil their water for the next 48 hours as a precaution, due to a power outage,” Temple Terrace has posted on its website. “The notice does not affect those who get their water from the City of Temple Terrace.”
The boil water notice also does not include most customers served by Hillsborough County Public Utilities. Some Hillsborough County customers, however, are impacted.
"County customers in the area immediately south of the Hillsborough River and west of 56th Street, as well as those in the Clair Mel area, are reminded to follow the precautionary boil water notice for a minimum of the next 48 hours," the county's website states.
Residents who are unsure if their water is supplied by Tampa, Hillsborough County or Temple Terrace, such as those living in apartment complexes, should err on the side of caution and boil their water until they can confirm if their service is included in the boil water area.
The notice, issued yesterday, Feb. 22, is anticipated to last for at least 48 hours.
Resources You Can Use
Not sure if your water comes from the City of Tampa treatment plant that was hit by a power outage yesterday, Feb. 22? Here are some local water department numbers you can call to ask about the source of your tap water:
- City of Temple Terrace utilities customer service – 813-506-6420
- Hillsborough County Public Utilities – 813-272-6680
- City of Tampa Water Department – 813-274-8121
Why a Boil Water Notice is Issued
Water departments issue boil water notices when water pressure in underground pipes is low or lost, which occurred Feb. 22 when a power outage hit the city’s David L. Tippin Water Treatment Facility. When this happens, contaminants can get into the pipes and ultimately the drinking water supply.
“This might allow pathogens (disease-causing germs) into the water that can cause illness if one drinks it or prepares food or beverages with it,” Tampa’s boil water notice reads (see attached PDF). “Therefore, as a precaution, it is important to disinfect tap water to kill any bacteria or viruses that may have entered the water, or use an alternative source of water (bottled water).”
How Do I Boil My Water?
To remove the threat of contaminants, bring tap water to a rolling boil. Be sure to let the boil go for a least one minute.
More information on removing contaminants is available on the attached PDF.
Stay with Temple Terrace Patch for updates on the boil water notice as they become available.