Water outage closes Fort De Soto Park, which will remained closed through at least Sunday.
TIERRA VERDE – A problem with the water supply prompted the closure of Fort De Soto Park Saturday morning. Campers at the park and nearby residents are under a boil water notice until further notice.
The boil water notice applies to residents of southern Tierra Verde south of Madonna Boulevard and all residents living along the Pinellas Bayway, including those living off of Sands Point Drive. The boil order will continue for a minimum of 48 hours.
All water used for drinking, cooking, making ice, brushing teeth, or washing dishes must be boiled. As an alternative, bottled water may be used. A rolling boil of one to three minutes is sufficient.
Tom Iovino with county Communications said the problem was discovered sometime Saturday morning when the water pressure dropped in the south end of Tierra Verde, which prompted the mandatory boil water order, as required by EPA.
Whatever caused the problem stopped the water flow to Fort De Soto Park.
“Water is not getting to the park at all,” Iovino said. “We thought it best to close it.”
All park restrooms, water fountains and campground showers are inoperative.
Fort De Soto Park also will be closed on Sunday.
Staff is working with the campers and allowing those staying in self-contained vehicles with their own water supply to stay for now.
Iovino said crews were out digging but had not yet determined what caused the problem.
“We don’t know if it was a pipe break, a faulty valve or what,” he said.
Any time water pressure drops below a certain level, the possibility exists for contamination.
Microbes, if present in the water, can cause diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches or other symptoms. They may pose a special health risk for infants, young children, some of the elderly and people with severely compromised immune systems. If you have specific health concerns, please consult your doctor.
Pinellas County will collect water samples for analysis until the absence of contamination is confirmed. The mandatory boil water notice will be in effect for a minimum of 48 hours or until test results confirm that the water is safe to drink.
Customers will be notified when the mandatory boil water notice is rescinded. Once satisfactory water quality is restored, please run cold water through all plumbing fixtures for several minutes until water is clear.