Who Needs to Boil Water?


Lee County Utilities has issued a precautionary Boil Water Notice to 725 residences and 35 businesses in the vicinity of San Carlos Island because of a scheduled a water main shutdown beginning at 9 a.m. Tuesday. Repair work on the water main is expected to be completed Tuesday.

The notice applies to addresses from 18100 San Carlos Boulevard to the Matanzas Bridge and all of little San Carlos Island area. The repair is necessary due to previous damage to a 4-inch watermain near Prescott Street and San Carlos Boulevard.

Residents and businesses can expect to have their water restored before 5 p.m. Tuesday. Lee County will issue an alert once the precautionary Boil Water Notice has been lifted; that’s expected to happen prior to the weekend.

As a precaution, all water used for drinking, cooking, making ice, brushing teeth or washing dishes must be boiled at a rolling boil for one minute. Or, as an alternative, bottled water may be used.

Precautionary Boil Water Notices are placed into effect when the water pressure within a watermain drops below 20 psi.

To ensure safe drinking water, Lee County Utilities will keep the affected area under a precautionary Boil Water Notice until bacteriological testing shows the drinking water is safe. These tests normally take 48 to 72 hours to complete.