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Boil Water Notice Issued for South Walton County

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Due to a possible compromise in the Regional Utilities distribution system, the residents of Fazio Drive are advised to boil all water which is utilized for drinking or cooking purposes.

When a precautionary boil water notice is issued, it doesn't necessarily mean that the water quality has been affected. The notice is required because breaks or other events that cause a loss in water pressure, present a remote possibility that contaminants may enter the water system. In response, a precautionary boil water notice is issued as a safeguard to inform the public of the recommended precautionary measures available. A rolling boil for a period of one minute is sufficient to render the water microbiologically safe.  Residents are also advised to take precautions against water consumption when bathing, especially immuno-compromised individuals, infants, or the elderly.

The Regional Utilities system lost pressure on April 22nd, 2013 at approximately 10:45 A.M.  A loss in system pressure may cause discolored water and could cause backsiphonage of contaminants into the water system.

The precautionary boil water notice will stay in effect until two separate rounds of microbiological samples are collected on two consecutive days and submitted to a certified laboratory for analysis. After the samples are reported clean, the precautionary boil water notice will be removed. Most notices are removed in approximately 48 hours.

Regional Utilities, your public water system, takes great care in assuring that your water is safe to drink. We appreciate your cooperation with the precautionary boil water notice to protect public health during the period the notice is in effect. Please call our office at 850]231]5114 or visit our website at www.regionalutilities.net if you have any questions or concerns.