County workers search for the source of a water supply problem Saturday afternoon. Crews found the problem pipe Saturday night and the problem was fixed.
TIERRA VERDE – Pinellas County largest park, Fort De Soto, was closed for a second day on Sunday, due to a problem with the drinking water supply, and officials announced Sunday afternoon that the park would remain closed through at least Monday.
A mandatory boil water order remains in effect for the park and residents of southern Tierra Verde south of Madonna Boulevard and all residents living along the Pinellas Bayway, including those living off Sands Point Drive.
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. County officials closed the park Saturday morning.
“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 were inoperative.
Staff has been working with the campers and allowing those with their own water supply and sanitary facilities to stay, he said.
Iovino said Saturday afternoon that 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.
On Sunday, officials announced that the park would remain closed through at least Monday.
Mary Burrell with county Communications said workers had found the source of the problem Saturday night and had fixed the pipe. Water samples were taken for testing. However, the boil water notice will remain in effect, and water samples will be taken until tests show no signs of contamination.
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.
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.