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Precautionary Boil Water Notices may be issued because the water system loss of power, loss of water pressure, a water main (pipe) break or another unforeseen emergency. Water pressure keeps pollutants from entering the underground pipes that bring drinking water to your house or business. The notice does not mean that the water is contaminated, it means it is possible that contaminants seeped into the pipes and affected the drinking water. Until required bacteriological testing is completed, we recommend, as a precaution, boiling tap water before consuming it to kill any potential contaminants (or by using bottled water).
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No, those areas are not affected. If you or your neighbor received an automated message it was because our Code Red alert system picked up that phone’s prefix.
All the news media were notified. Unfortunately, we can not control whether or not they broadcast the news.
Typically, Precautionary Boil Water Notice areas are isolated and affect only a small number of customers. In these cases, notification is provided directly to the customers.
However, there are instances when a large-scale Precautionary Boil Water Notice is issued. In these cases, where notices cannot be delivered directly to the City of Oldsmar water customers, the City will issue a Code Red Alert (reverse 911) emergency call out, along with providing information to local media and posts on the City’s web site, Facebook and Twitter pages.