Thursday, August 9, 2012

City of Cocoa: Water Safe To Drink in Brevard

COCOA, Florida -- The City of Cocoa Utilities Department repaired four service lines and two aater main breaks in the distribution system today.   Crews were dispatched at 4 a.rn. this morning to  assess the areas that were affected with low pressure. 


A major break occurred on the 36” transmission main on State Road 520 and has been shut down so repairs can be made.  The Inter Coastal Waterway Park in Merritt Island has been notified that they will not have water and is the only customer that is affected.


Crews were able to repair three of the service line breaks without interrupting water service to the customers.  Precautionary Boil Water Notices were issued to addresses 2433-2497 Victor Dr. in Cocoa and all of Pine Court and 883-905 Pine Baugh St. in Rockledge, Florida.


Officials with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection are working closely with city officials.  The potable drinking water is safe to drink other than the customers that have been issued Precautionary Boil Water Notice as noted above.


The City of Cocoa’s Utilities Department says that it is committed to providing high quality potable water to all customers within its utility service area and will continue to ensure that its potable water is safe to drink and meets all FDEP requirements.


The water main breaks caused low water pressure for customers as far north as Port St. John south through Cocoa, Rockledge, and Viera, Florida.  The City of Cocoa water pressure also affected customers on the central Brevard County barrier islands of Merritt Island, Cape Canaveral, and Cocoa Beach, Florida.  Unincorporated areas of Brevard County between the above-listed municipalities were also affected. 


Brevard County Fire Rescue took precautionary measures today due to the lack of water pressure. "During the period of lack of pressure, BCFR immediately repositioned water tenders capable of supplying a continuous water source to the affected areas of the county'" said BCFR spokesperson Lt. Jeffrey Taylor.  "Tenders were attached to the primary response for all fires for Central and North Brevard.  This includes municipalities in those areas with the exception of Cape Canaveral who reported that hydrant pressures were unaffected."
 
 
The area served by the City of Cocoa water system is generally bound to the south by the Pineda Causeway (County Road 404), to the west by the Brevard County and Orange/Osceola County boundary line, to the north by Kings Highway in Port St. John, and to the east by the Atlantic Ocean. The total area served is approximately 268 square miles. 



The system serves about 78,000 customers with a population of approximately 218,000.

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