Wellington water main break repaired, boil-water order still in effect


A water main that burst Monday afternoon near the Mall at Wellington Green has been repaired, but two neighborhoods remain under a boil-water order.

Two westbound lanes of Forest Hill Boulevard were closed through Tuesday morning as Wellington Public Works crews worked through the night to repair the pipe and then repave the road, said Village Manager Paul Schofield. The westbound lanes of Forest Hill Boulevard were fully reopened Tuesday afternoon.

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The main in question was built about 20 years ago, and vibrations from the road over time caused the pipe to rub against a rock that “wasn’t properly removed in the initial construction,” Schofield said.

Crews discovered the issue about 1 p.m. Monday after noticing a drop in water pressure and the road was sinking a little, Schofield said. They had to dig deep to reach the main, with water bubbling up and onto Forest Hill just east of its intersection with Olive Drive. “Once we got it valved off and dried, then it was a relatively easy fix,” he said.

Two neighborhoods were affected and remain under a boil-water order: Wellington’s Edge and Polo Lakes.

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Both developments were without water for a short time Monday, but service was restored about 6 p.m. after the village was able to reroute water from another main, Schofield said.

It could be another 24 hours or more before the boil-water order is lifted. Village crews need to see two consecutive days of satisfactory bacteriological samples before the all-clear is given. Once that happens, it will be posted on the village’s website, www.wellingtonfl.gov, and residents in the affected areas who have signed up for Wellington’s Code Red alerts will receive a phone call.

Schofield said in the meantime, it’s fine to use the water to shower, wash dishes and do your laundry — just don’t drink it unless you boil it first.

Wellington provides these steps to take while the boil water notice is in effect:

TAP WATER

  • Do not serve water from faucets until local health authorities advise the water is safe for consumption. Use only bottled water from an approved source and/or boiled tap water. Boil water at a rolling boil for one minute to kill infectious organisms.
  • An alternative method for areas without power is to mix 8 drops (1/8 teaspoon) of unscented household bleach per gallon of water and allow to stand for 30 minutes. If the water is cloudy in appearance, add 16 drops (1/4 teaspoon) and let stand for 30 minutes. (Water will not be toxic, but may have a chlorine odor and taste.) Note: Using bleach will not kill parasites that may be present, however boiling will kill parasites. ICE, ICE-

MAKING, BEVERAGE & WATER VENDING

  • Ice bagged or made prior to the issuance of the boil water notice may be used.
  • Ice produced in ice machines after the issuance of a boil water notice must be discarded and machines not restarted until the water supply is deemed safe by local health authority. Sanitize the interior of the ice machine, ice trays and built-in ice-makers with two teaspoons (100+ ppm) of household bleach in one gallon of water prior to restarting the ice machine or ice-maker.
  • Disconnect or turn off water vending machines, drinking fountains, misters, ice-making units and soda machines and prevent their use.
  • Filters in water lines should be replaced if the water supplier detected bacteria in the water samples or if debris accumulation is observed in the filter(s). Information regarding the presence of bacteria will be provided by your water supplier or through the news media.

HANDWASHING

  • Do not use tap water for handwashing. Use only bottled water from an approved source and/or boiled (and safely cooled) tap water. After proper handwashing, use a sanitizing solution on the hands. This may be accomplished by using a commercial hand sanitizing lotion that requires no rinse or a chlorine bleach solution of two teaspoons of household bleach in one gallon of water. Single-use gloves may be used to provide additional protection after proper handwashing.
  • No bare hand contact with ready-to-eat food is allowed while boil water notice is in effect.

COOKING & CLEANING

  • Food equipment and utensils and food-contact surfaces that must be cleaned in place (does not fit into a three-compartment sink), may be cleaned with steam with no additives, a sanitizing mix of bottled or boiled water and bleach (50-100 ppm) or other approved sanitizing solution.
  • Do not use tap water for food processing or food preparation until the BOIL WATER NOTICE is lifted by local authorities. Use only bottled water from an approved source and/or boiled tap water for these purposes.

DISHWASHING/WAREWASHING

  • Manually wash, rinse and sanitize dishes, food equipment and utensils with bottled water from an approved source and/or boiled tap water utilizing a three-compartment sink in the approved manner. Use single-service articles when possible.
  • Mechanical dishwashers may be used only to remove food residue and debris, if followed by a manual wash, rinse, and sanitization as described above.



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