City of West Palm Beach delivering update on water main break that prompted boil water notice – WPBF West Palm Beach

City of West Palm Beach delivering update on water main break that prompted boil water notice

Updated: 6:04 PM EST Feb 5, 2021

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JOSSIE: MAYOR KEITH JAMES AND THE DIRECTOR OF UTILITIES FOR THE CITY JUST GAVE US AN UPDATE. WE ARE LEARNING THAT THE REASON THIS MAJOR BREAK HAPPENED WAS BECAUSE OF THE PIPES OLD AGE AND THE COLD WEATHER. THIS PIPE CAME FROM A NEARBY WATER PLANT. OFFICIALS SAY IT WAS LAST INSPECTED SIX MONTHS AGO BUT A SERIES OF UPGRADES ARE SUPPOSED TO BEGIN IN MARCH. >> THERE IS A $22 MILLION PROJECT, A PLAN WHERE THIS BREAK OCCURRED. THIS PROJECT WILL IMPROVE WATER, SEWER MY AND STREET INFRASTRUCTURE. THE PROJECT WILL ALSO ENSURE A REDUNDANCY. >> I SAW WATER COMING EVERYWHERE. IT WAS JUST, LIKE, EVERYWHERE. IT WAS ALL IN MY YARD, IT WAS GOING DOWN THE ROAD. IT LOOKED LIKE THE ROAD SPLIT. JOSSIE: A LOT OF PEOPLE IN THE DIRECT AREA ARE IMPACTED. WE SPOKE WITH SOME PEOPLE WHO SAID THEY HAD THEIR CARS DAMAGED BY THE WATER BUT MAYOR KEITH JAMES SAYS THERE ARE NO PLANS RIGHT NOW TO PAY FOR THOSE DAMAGES. HE DID SAY THEY CAN CALL THE CITY IF THEY HAVE DAMAGES AND GO FROM THERE. IN THE MEANTIME, AS CREWS WORK ON REPAIRS, A BOIL WATER ADVISORY CONTINUES FOR PEOPLE IN WEST PALM BEACH, THE TOWN OF BEACH. THE CITY IS USING CHLORINE TO DISINFECT THE SYSTEM AND ARE GETTING SAMPLES COLLECTED TO DETERMINE WHEN IT WILL BE SAFE TO DRINK, BUT FOR NOW, THEY ARE ADVISING NOT TO USE TAP WATER UNLESS IT IS BOILED. REPAIRS SHOULD BE DONE BY THE END OF THE DAY.

City of West Palm Beach delivering update on water main break that prompted boil water notice

Updated: 6:04 PM EST Feb 5, 2021

City of West Palm Beach holding press conference after water main break along Tamarind Avenue prompted the city to issue a boil water advisory.

City of West Palm Beach holding press conference after water main break along Tamarind Avenue prompted the city to issue a boil water advisory.

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