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Crews repair water main break in Melbourne, boil water notice remains in effect

The boil water notice remains in effect until surveys show the water is safe to drink

A water faucet. (WDIV)

MELBOURNE, Fla.***UPDATE 8:15 a.m.***

Crews have repaired the broken water main and restored water service.

Precautionary boil water notices remain in effect for the following areas:

  • Properties that are west of I-95 from Sand Lake Drive north to Domain Court, which is the last street on the northern end of Washingtonia Drive.
  • Properties on Harlock Road from Lake Washington Road south to John Rodes Boulevard. The properties on streets located east of Harlock Road are not affected.

“We continue to advise customers at these properties that all water used for drinking, cooking, making ice, brushing teeth, or washing dishes, be boiled,” officials said. “A rolling boil of one minute is sufficient. As an alternative, bottled water may be used.”

The precautionary boil water notice will remain in effect until a bacteriological survey shows that the water is safe to drink.

Officials said if you are still having issues with your water service, to call the after-hours emergency number: (321) 255-4622.

***UPDATE 1:50 p.m.***

As crews work to fix a water main break in Melbourne, residents are expected to see a drop in their water pressure.

“It has become necessary to close additional valves in order to isolate and repair the water main break at 5365 Lake Washington Road,” city officials said.

According to officials, the valve closures will cause a drop in water pressure and/or no water pressure for residents in the area.

“We do not know at this time how long this needed step in the repair process will take,” officials added.

***UPDATE 9:50 a.m.****

Crews in Melbourne continue to work on a water main break that occurred on Friday.

Water customers could experience a temporary drop in water pressure Saturday morning, officials said.

“We are lowering the pressure system-wide to re-work the isolation valves needed to fix the water main break at 5365 Lake Washington Road,” officials said. “Water pressure will not be lowered enough to cause more customers to fall within the precautionary boil water notice that was issued for customers near the break.”

City leaders are asking all customers to conserve water as much as possible.

“Please refrain from doing laundry, washing cars, etc. We do not know at this time how long this needed step in the repair process will take. Thank you for your continued patience and cooperation,” officials added.

***ORIGINAL STORY***

If you live or work in Melbourne and your water pressure is lower than usual, a nearby water main break may be to blame, city officials said.

A spokesperson for the City of Melbourne said Friday morning that a water main break at 5365 Lake Washington Road was causing a drop in water pressure throughout the city’s water distribution system and forced water to be shut off for some residents.

Earlier in the day, city officials said some residences and businesses were experiencing low or no pressure at all, depending on their location.

“Customers near the break west of I-95 and from Sand Lake Drive north may have low pressure or no pressure due to our efforts to isolate the water main,” the city spokesperson said.

Later on, water had to be shut off for some residents as crews continued working to repair the problem, city officials said in an update.

“Water has been shut off to properties in the Melbourne water service area that are west of I-95 from Sand Lake Drive north to Domain Court, which is the last street on the northern end of Washingtonia Drive,” the spokesperson for the city said.

A boil water notice is now in effect for the 1,000 customers, or 3,500 people, impacted by the shutoff.

City officials said once water service is restored, customers in the area should boil all water used for drinking, cooking, making ice, brushing teeth or washing dishes. A rolling boil of one minute is sufficient, according to city officials. Bottled water may also be used until the notice is lifted.

The boil water notice is expected to remain in effect until the required bacteriological survey shows that the water is safe to drink, officials said in the update.

Residents can find a list of frequently asked questions about boil water notices here.

As of Friday afternoon, crews were still working to fully isolate the water main break. In the meantime, the interconnect with the City of Cocoa’s water system was opened to supplement Melbourne’s system, according to a spokesperson for the city.

Crews will work throughout the night to make repairs. City officials said they estimate the repairs will be completed by Saturday morning.

This is a developing story. Stay with News 6 and ClickOrlando.com for updates.


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