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Boil water notice rescinded for West Melbourne

Power now restored after lightning strike

MELBOURNE, Fla. – The boil water notice has been rescinded for West Melbourne residents, News 6 partner Florida Today reported on Thursday.

“A bacteriological survey was completed and shows that the water is safe to drink,” the West Melbourne City Hall website states.

West Melbourne residents with questions can call Randy Ashley at 321-426-5538.

The boil-water advisory affects 150,000 people across southern Brevard County.

The advisory covers everyone whose water comes from Melbourne's water system, a vast portion of the county that includes Melbourne, Melbourne Beach, Indialantic, Indian Harbour Beach, Satellite Beach, Palm Shores, Melbourne Village and portions of unincorporated Brevard County.

Until a bacteriological survey shows the water is safe to drink, residents should bring water to a roiling boil for 1 minute before drinking, cooking, making ice, brushing teeth or washing dishes.

Utilities workers are telling residents that it is safe to shower using the water.

Brevard Public Schools is gearing up to deal with the South Brevard boil-water order. Operation of drinking fountains on campuses is being disabled, hand-sanitizer is being delivered along with bottled water and  alternate plans for cafeteria food-preparations are in place.

Schools affected:

Roy Allen ES
Dr. WJ Creel ES
Croton ES
Gemini ES
Harbor City ES
Holland ES
Indialantic ES
Longleaf ES
Meadowlane Int. and Prim. ESs
Ocean Breeze ES
Sea Park ES
Sherwood ES
Surfside ES
University Park ES

Secondary:

Central MS
DeLaura MS
Eau Gallie HS
Hoover MS
Johnson MS
Melbourne HS
Palm Bay MHS
Satellite HS
Stone MMS
West Shore JSHS

Other
S. Area Alternate Ed.
S. Areas Adult Ed.
Monroe St. Bus Cmpd.
Mid-Sourth Bus Cmpd.
Satellite Bus Cmpd.

At 7:43 p.m. Tuesday, city spokeswoman Cheryl Mall reported that lightning had struck the John A. Buckley Surface Water Treatment Plant near Lake Washington. City crews restored service soon afterwards, but the power surge shut down emergency generators — and water pressure dropped below the minimum 20 pounds per square inch mandated by state regulations.

The city will conduct a bacteriological survey to determine when to lift the boil water notice.

For questions or information, call the public works and utilities administration office at 321-608-5000 or the after-hours emergency number: 321-255-4622 or check the City of Melbourne website.