Precautionary boil water notice issued for North Miami

Published On: Mar 20 2013 05:20:06 PM EDT

NORTH MIAMI, Fla. -

The City of North Miami has issued a precautionary boil water notice Wednesday for residents along 135th Street from NE 22nd Avenue east to Biscayne Bay following a water main break earlier in the day.

According to the city, an 8-inch pipe was severed during utility work at 10:30 am Wednesday. Repairs to the damaged pipe section were completed by 3 pm on Wednesday.

The city says a precautionary boil water notice is standard procedure if water pressure is lost during damage or repair. In this instance, water pressure was lost for a brief period of time during the repair work.

Under a precautionary boil water notice, the Florida Department of Health recommends the following methods of disinfecting water:

  • Bringing the water to a rolling boil and holding it there for 1 minute
  • Using a disinfecting chemical. If you cannot boil water, you should put 8 drops of common household bleach which is about 1/8 teaspoon, into 1 gallon of tap water, then shake it and allow it to stand 30 minutes before drinking.
  • If the water is cloudy, use 16 drops (about one-fourth of a teaspoon), shake it and let stand for 30 minutes before drinking. There should be a slight chlorine odor. Use common household bleach that has 5 – 6 percent active ingredients. Use food grade containers. Don't use bleach that has perfume scents added.
  • Using water purification tablets or iodine (sold at many sports or camping stores.)

Consumption includes brushing teeth, washing fruits and vegetables and homemade ice.

The city said this precautionary boil water notice will remain in effect while tests are conducted on the water samples by the North Miami Water Utility, in collaboration with Miami-Dade County Health Department.

The notice will be lifted after tests prove the water is safe for drinking.

For updates, visit northmiamifl.gov. Water customers in the impacted area can contact the Winson Water Plant at Sunkist Grove at 305-953-2854.

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