Residents of Northwest 155th Lane in North Miami Beach are on a boil water order for the next 48 hours.
A water main on Northwest 7th Avenue broke on Wednesday, but it wasn’t repaired until Thursday because “it’s just the kind of repair you want to make in the daytime,” said North Miami Beach water spokesperson Mark Perkins. The break didn’t impact anyone’s service, he said.
The boil water notice includes the areas between Northwest 7th Avenue and State Road 9.
The residents of the nearly 1,000 condominiums and apartments in the area should not drink, bathe in or cook with their tap water unless they either boil it for a minute or disinfect it. Bottled water is an alternative.
The city wrote in an email to residents that “If you cannot boil the water, you should put eight (8) drops of common household bleach which is about 1/8 teaspoon, into one (1) gallon of tap water, then shake it, and allow it stand for 30 minutes before drinking. If the water is cloudy, use sixteen (16) drops, about ¼ teaspoon of bleach instead of 8, shake it, and let it stand for 30 minutes. There should be a slight chlorine odor. Use common household bleach that has 5 to 6% active ingredients Use food grade containers. Don’t use bleach that has perfume scents added.”
The notice began at noon on Friday and will continue for a minimum of 48 hours and a maximum of 72 hours, Perkins said, based on the approval of the health department.
“We have great confidence it’ll be lifted by Sunday,” Perkins said.