WATER UTILITY REMINDER: Be Prepared To Be Without Electricity and Potable Water After Hurricane Irma Passes
By Space Coast Daily // September 8, 2017
Interruption in service could last for several days
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – If you are planning to evacuate, you should consider turning off the water to your home, and if you have a dock turn that off as well.
Please be prepared to be without certain utilities, including electricity and potable water, after the storm.
Interruption in service could last for several days depending on how widespread and how severe the storm damage is. The barrier island water system may need to be isolated from the main water system to protect the integrity of the entire utility system.
If this happens, there will still be water service, but it will be limited to the amount stored in tanks on the barrier island. Local utility officials will evaluate the speed, direction, and intensity of the forecasted storm to determine if and when an isolation to the system is needed.
Barrier islands include all areas east of the Indian River including Merritt Island, Cape Canaveral and Cocoa Beach. Water main breaks are highly likely on the barrier islands but can happen at any location where the storm hits.
All residents are advised to be prepared for potential loss of water service and for the possible issue of a Precautionary Boil Water Notice once water service is restored.
Prepare by filling your bathtub with water and gallon jugs ahead of the storm. Also stock up on store bought water bottles.