CITY OF MELBOURNE: Strictly Conserve Water or Boil Water Notice Will Have To Be Issued
By Hurricane Irma Updates // September 13, 2017
Hurricane Irma has degraded water quality source
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – The City of Melbourne issued a statement Wednesday morning urging all Melbourne water customers to strictly conserve water use until further notice or face a boil order.
City officials said that Hurricane Irma has considerably degraded the water quality in the main source of water, which is Lake Washington.
“It is taking a great deal more water in the production process to treat and deliver safe water for our customers,” said city officials.
“Until conditions change, we will not be able to keep up with current demand.”
Officials said the water is currently safe, but if the current demand is not reduced, they will have to issue a system-wide Precautionary Boil Water Notice.
“Do not do anything that uses more water than is absolutely essential to your health and hygiene,” said city officials.
“Do not wash cars, hose down decks, fill pools. Please use as little water as possible for bathing, cooking or cleaning.”
The City of Melbourne supplies drinking water for its population of about 77,000 and also for customers in surrounding cities and population centers in South Brevard County.
This distribution service area is approximately 100 square miles and includes the cities of Melbourne, Melbourne Beach, Indialantic, Indian Harbour Beach, Satellite Beach, Palm Shores, Melbourne Village and a portion of Brevard County.
In addition, wholesale water service is provided to West Melbourne, with additional account holders and customers served.
Unincorporated Brevard South of Pineda Causeway (Customers who live in unincorporated Brevard County located south of Pineda Causeway and receive a water bill from the City of Melbourne. Suntree and Viera are served by the Cocoa water system – not Melbourne.)
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