More than 17,000 customers in central and south Sarasota County are under a boil water advisory after a loss of water pressure Tuesday morning.
There was a sudden drop in pressure during a scheduled service, the county explained.
"The affected area was larger than assumed when the problem was first detected around 8:30 a.m.," a county statement offered. "While the county has no reason to believe the drinking water was contaminated, Florida law requires that drinking water providers issue precautionary boil water advisories to customers affected by pressure losses in water mains."
The area in question extends from about Vamo Road to Border Road, along the U.S. 41 area to just west of Pinebrook Road. It includes Casey Key.
The county advises affected customers to -- until further notice -- boil all tap water intended for drinking, preparation of food, washing of food utensils, making ice, brushing teeth or for first aid, making sure the water is brought to a rolling boil for one minute.
Boiling the tap water disinfects it, destroying any harmful microorganisms.
Bottled water can be used as an alternative to boiling the tap water.
For more information, contact the Sarasota County Call Center at 941-861-5000.
FOX 13 / WTVT-TV
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