Thursday, October 6, 2016 - 6:43 p.m.
Dear Water Utility Customer,
The Village of Tequesta is issuing a precautionary boil water notice to our customers do to the Hurricane and mandatory evacuation.
This is a cautionary measure to ensure the health and safety of our residents. The water plant is manned with essential personnel. The facility has back up power and will continue to provide safe drinking water as long as the system will allow us to do so.
When the water system pressure is lost, contaminants can seep into the pipes. This might cause illness if one drinks it or prepares food or beverages with it. So, 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).
1) Under a boil water notice, water used for consumption can be disinfected by any one of the following methods:
2) Bringing the water to a rolling boil and holding it there for one (3) minutes, OR
If you cannot boil water, you should put eight (8) drops of common household bleach (unscented) which is about 1/8th teaspoon, into one (1) gallon of tap water, then shake it, and allow it to stand for 30 minutes before drinking.
3) If the water is cloudy, use sixteen (16) drops, about 1/4 teaspoon of bleach instead of 8, shake it, and let it stand for 30 minutes. There should be a slight chlorine odor. Use common household bleach that has 5% to 8% active ingredients. Use food grade containers.
The Utility will issue a boil water lifted notice when it is safe to do so.
After the notice has been lifted let water run for 10 to 15 minutes before first use.
Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.
Sam Heady, CFM, UMC
Deputy Utility Director
Village of Tequesta