12K customers affected by Melbourne boil water notice

Notice issued after fire hydrant struck by vehicle


MELBOURNE, Fla. – A precautionary boil water notice has been issued for the city of Melbourne after a fire hydrant was hit by a vehicle, affecting nearly 12,000 homes.

City officials said the effect of the incident compromised the main which caused an eruption at 3 p.m. Tuesday.

The repair work caused the water line to become dislodged at a major water main.

Officials said this affects customers on the beachside from the Pineda Causeway to East Eau Gallie Boulevard. The notice also affects numerous businesses, including Dunkin' Donuts and Starbucks.

"We had to get up about 5 or 6 hours earlier, go run and get canned soda and bottle water and then we had to get something set up so we could boil our water so that we could set it up in the sanitizer sinks and also so we can wash our dishes," said Little Phillies restaurant owner Steven Hodges.

"As a precaution, we advise that all water used for drinking, cooking, making ice, brushing teeth, or washing dishes, be boiled," the city said in a statement. "A rolling boil of one minute is sufficient. As an alternative, bottled water may be used."

The precautionary boil water notice is expected to remain in effect until Friday. The city said it will be lifted when the required bacteriological survey shows that the water is safe to drink. Residents will be provided with a notification at that time.

If you have any questions, you may call the City of Melbourne Public Works & Utilities Administration office at 321-608-5000, or the after-hours emergency number at 321-255-4622.