UPDATE (09-06-18): City officials say water service is now fully restored after repairs were done. Residents are advised to expect water pressure issues at first as air is purged from the water lines. Residents are also advised to avoid doing things which require a lot of water until the system is fully operational again.
Earlier reporting below.
Bunnell, FL – Bunnell will be under a boil water notice for at least three days after a traffic crash this morning (September 6th) forced the city to shut down its water service city-wide.
It happened around 10:40 a.m. at the intersection of East Lambert Street and North Church Street, according to active Community Development Director Kristen Bates.
“City crews and the Bunnell Police Department have been on scene since notification of the accident this morning,” Bates added. “The city is working as fast as possible to restore all water service.”
At least two vehicles were involved in that crash, which also damaged a power pole as well as caused a fire hydrant to rupture.
Bates estimates that the water service should be restored around 8 o’clock tonight once all necessary repairs are complete.
“Once water service is restored, a precautionary boil water notice will be in place,” Bates stated. “The boil water notice is necessary due to the pressure loss in the water lines. The notice will remain in place for approximately 3 days until lab testing clears the system.”
City officials recommend that everyone under the notice do the following before attempting to drink anything from the tap.
– Bringing the water to a rolling boil and holding it there for one (1) minute
– 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. 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 6% active ingredients. Use food grade containers.
– Using water purification tablets or iodine that many sports and camping stores sell.
– You can also buy commercial bottled water for consumption and food preparation as an alternative.