TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Residents and business owners in Tampa can go back to using their tap water.
The city lifted its precautionary boil water order more than three days after it took effect, officials said in a press release.
“We have good news to tell you,” Brad Baird, the city’s deputy administrator of infrastructure, said during a Thursday morning press conference.
The notice was issued Monday after a contractor struck a water transmission at the David L. Tippin Water Treatment Facility, causing the 36-inch main to break and water pressure in parts of the city to drop.
“Based on round two of test results of water, we’re able to lift the precautionary boil water notice that we had in place since Monday night,” Baird said.
Tests were conducted at nursing homes, businesses and populated areas. The results were handed over to the Florida Department of Health-Hillsborough County for verification.
Officials explained the city lost 12 million gallons of water as a result of the break.
Workers completed repairs Wednesday.
The city said residents can go back to using their tap water, but should run their taps for five minutes before drinking or cooking.
“This is something everyone should do, go through and flush their water system at their house, their private pipelines,” Baird said.
At Jimbo’s Pit Bar B-Q on Kennedy Boulevard, things have run smoothly all week, Matt Lehman, one of the owners said. Workers were forced to boil water before using it to cook.
The situation was a minor inconvenience in the restaurant’s 50 year history.
“Just deal with it. We’ve been open a long time,” Lehman told 8 On Your Side.
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