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Hollywood Water Main Fixed, Boil Water Order Lifted

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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) – The precautionary boil water notice for the city of Hollywood, issued Thursday, has been lifted.

The Broward County Health Department are advising residents Friday afternoon that the use of tap water to drink, make ice, prepare food, brush teeth, and other typical household activities is safe.

Residents of Hollywood should report issues with water service to the Hollywood Department of Public Utilities at 954.921.3241.

Also, if a similar event occurs where residents need to be notice, the city is encouraging residents to register for the City’s CodeRED and NotifyMe alert systems to stay informed about events and emergencies in the City of Hollywood. Residents can register for both systems for free by visiting the City website at www.hollywoodfl.org.

Crews repaired a broken water main in Hollywood Friday but the notice remained until Friday afternoon.

The break in a 24-inch line happened on South 28th Avenue and Van Buren Street near Hollywood Boulevard on Thursday when a contractor was working in the area.

“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.

A boil water notice was issued for nearly 50,000 homes in Hollywood and areas that receive water from Hollywood and Broward County.

Hollywood resident Miriam Daley boiled water to wash her dishes, and bought bottled water to drink and brush her teeth.

“I used bottled water for my coffee,” said Daley. “I didn’t want to take any chances.”

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

“Cleaning up the aftermath to what happened yesterday,” said Hollywood resident James Dempsey, whose driveway was covered in mud. “Water was gushing down the street, looked like a river coming in.”

Crews worked overnight and into Friday morning to repair 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. Hollywood spokeswoman Raelin Story said tap water is safe for showering.

“Later this afternoon, if the water quality tests come back satisfactory, we will be able to lift the boil water order,” said Jamie Hernandez, Hollywood’s emergency management coordinator.

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

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

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

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