UPDATE: Water Feeds To Shut Off By City of Melbourne and Cocoa, Boil Water Notice Issued
By Hurricane Matthew Updates // October 6, 2016
drop in water pressure for Barrier Island Residents
**UPDATE** BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – According to Cheryl Mall of the City of Melbourne, the interconnect between Melbourne and the barrier island and Cocoa and the barrier island will remain open as long as weather conditions allow our technicians to access the system.
When this is no longer possible, the interconnect will be closed to preserve system integrity based on the high likelihood of significant system breach on the island.
Barrier island residents will continue to be served through existing storage facilities and booster pumps on the island as long as that supply lasts and there is no system breach.
Island residents are encouraged to conserve water to maintain supply and availability for fire protective services.
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BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – The City of Melbourne and the City of Cocoa Water Utilities have shut off the main water feeds to the beachside and all barrier island communities at 6 p.m. Thursday.
The utilities are shutting down the water feeds beachside in order to protect the infrastructure and integrity of the entire water distribution system due to the unprecedented severity of the storm, the intensity of the winds, the potential for extreme erosion and flooding, and potential for damage to the system.
Residents remaining on the barrier islands will eventually experience a drop in water pressure after that time.
A limited amount of water will remain in the beachside storage system and how long that lasts will depend on how conservative the beachside residents are in their water use. We recommend residents filling any and all bathtubs.
Water will be turned back on as possible after the storm and any needed repairs have been made. Because the Utilities Departments cannot guarantee system pressure from that point forward, a Precautionary Boil Water Notice will be in effect until further notice for the affected.
We continue to urge all beachside residents to evacuate the barrier island for their safety.