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Boil Water Notice For Broward Communities After Water Main Breaks

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A water main broke October 3, 2013 prompting boil water notices for Hollywood and Davie.  (Source: CBS4)

A water main broke October 3, 2013 prompting boil water notices for Hollywood and Davie. (Source: CBS4)

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HOLLYWOOD (CBSMiami) – Repair crews are fixing a broken water main in Hollywood. The break in a 24 inch line led to boil water notices being issued for not only Hollywood, but areas that receive water from Hollywood and Broward County.

It happened in a line on South 28th Avenue and Van Buren Street near Hollywood Boulevard.

“The water pressure was really low and I’m like what’s going on and I go outside and I see six feet of water just shooting up,” said Jaime Dowling, who lives nearby.

Thursday afternoon, water flooded 28th Avenue just before rush hour, snarling traffic in both directions on Hollywood Boulevard just east of I-95.

“I got off the bus today and the police officer says I can’t walk through the sidewalks so I jump a fence over there and I see the whole street is flooded,” said Andres Angarita.

Crews worked into the night Thursday to repair the break.  Even after much of the water receded, boil water notices were issued because of the break.

Hollywood city officials advised residents to boil tap water for at least one minute before drinking it or washing dishes for at least the next 24 hours.

However, Hollywood spokeswoman Raelin Story said tap water is safe for showering.

Hollywood wasn’t the only location impacted by the break. Davie residents were notified they need to boil their water too.

Broward County Health Department issued a Precautionary Boil Water Notice for all customers served by the City of Hollywood Public Utilities system and Broward County Utilities 3A and 3B areas.

Click here for a map of areas impacted within what are noted as 3A and 3B areas. 

Broward County Service Area:

#1 – Communities including Swaying Palms, Driftwood Acres, Moonlight Ranch and Riverside City of Hollywood Service Area:

#1 – Area bounded by Stirling Road to the north, Davie Road Extension to the south, NW 77th Avenue to the east and NW 78th Avenue to the west including the Driftwood Estates community.

#2 – Area bounded by Stirling Road to the north, Oak Street to the south, Florida Turnpike to the east and Davie Road extension to the west.

#3 – Area bounded by SW 54th Street to the north, SW 57th Street to the south, SW 55th Avenue to the east and SW 58th Avenue to the west including the Stirling Lake community.

#4 – Area bounded by SW 57th Street to the north, Stirling Road to the south, Florida Turnpike to the east and SW 54th Terrace to the west including the Silver Lake community.

Residents in the areas affected by the boil water notices should:

- NOT drink water before boiling it.

- Bring all water to a rolling boil, let it boil for one minute, and let it cool before using it. You may also use bottled water. Use boiled or bottled water for drinking, making ice, preparing food, and washing dishes until further notice.

If you have a severely compromised immune system, have an infant, or are elderly, you may be at increased risk and should seek advice about drinking water from your health care providers.

General guidelines on ways to lessen the risk of infection by microbes are available from EPA’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline at (800) 426-4791. If you have specific health concerns, consult your doctor.

Residents or businesses with questions regarding the boil water advisory can call the City of Hollywood recorded information line at (954) 967-4593 or Broward County at (954) 831-3250.

A second water main break happened in Pembroke Pines at Pines Boulevard, but that line has been repaired.

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