UPDATE: Cocoa Water Utilities Crews Actively Assessing, Repairing Main Breaks To Restore Water Pressure
By Space Coast Daily // September 11, 2017
low pressure makes finding water leaks more difficult
BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA, FLORIDA – At approximately 4:30 a.m. Monday, the Cocoa potable water system experienced a complete system pressure failure in that the minimum safe pressure could not be maintained.
According to Yvonne Martinez, Public Information Officer for the City of Cocoa, the cause is most likely a large water main break or several breaks that created the problem. While the water system can still make and treat water, without system pressure the Dyal Plant cannot deliver water to customers.
“Through coordination with Brevard County Emergency Management EOC, the City is working closely with the first responders of the water service area to include Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, Cocoa Beach Police and Rockledge Police to help find major utility damage.,” said Matinez.
Cocoa Utilities crews are actively assessing and repairing breaks in the system. Several repairs have already been completed.
The City will isolate the water system to the barrier island in hopes of narrowing the search area to identify the source problems.
“Customers are likely to have very low or no pressure,” said Martinez.
“The low pressure will make finding the water leaks more difficult and therefore, we ask for your patience. It is important to note that as improvement and repairs are made and pressure improves, residents must continue to boil their water until the city issues rescission of the precautionary boil water notice.”
The City of Cocoa has been in coordination with the Brevard Emergency Operations Center and they have released, and continue to share information, regarding the system failure as well as requesting citizens that observe potentially major water utility infrastructure damage to report it to the City.
Once the source is located, crews will make the repairs. Potable water will still be under a precautionary boil water notice once pressure has been restored and testing of the water will occur.
RESIDENTS AND BUSINESS OWNERS CAN ASSIST THE CITY BY CONSERVING WATER AND ONLY CONSUME WATER FOR ESSENTIAL USES SUCH AS CONSUMPTION AND FLUSHING TOILETS AND VERY LIMITED USES SUCH AS BATHING. CUSTOMERS SHOULD CLOSE ALL FAUCETS AS THIS WILL ASSIST WITH RE-ESTABLISHING SYSTEM PRESSURE.