A boil water order that for four days sent beachside residents scurrying to stores to stockpile jugs of water was lifted Friday morning.
About 12,000 Melbourne water customers living beachside between the Pineda and Eau Gallie causeways were under the mandate to boil water. The order went into effect on Tuesday. Some businesses, such as Starbucks and Dunkin' Donuts in Satellite Beach, closed their doors while the order was in place.
Water pressure plunged along the barrier island after a fire-hydrant replacement job went awry on State Road A1A in Indian Harbour Beach. Utility workers restored water pressure Tuesday night, but officials issued a notice requesting residents to boil all water used for drinking, cooking, making ice, brushing teeth or washing dishes until a bacteriological survey came back at normal levels.
Melbourne Public Works Director Ralph Reigelsperger issued a notice Friday morning that "the satisfactory completion of the state-required two days of bacteriological testing (shows) that the water is safe to drink."