Melbourne lifts boil water alert for most customers

By Greg Pallone, Reporter
Last Updated: Sunday, October 08, 2017, 9:13 PM EDT

UPDATE: (7:15 p.m.)

The boil water alert for Melbourne has been lifted for all water customers except for those who live in the North Waterway Estates subdivision, city officials said Sunday evening.

Residents on the following streets should continue to boil water used for drinking, cooking, making ice, brushing teeth and washing dishes:

Thrush Drive
Sparrow Drive
Eagle Drive
Finch Drive
Ibis Lane
Meadolark Lane
Dove Lane
Blue Jay Lane
Skylark Boulevard

Melbourne officials said tests showed that water is safe for all other customers to drink.

Additional tests results for the North Waterway Estates subdivision are expected Monday.

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Thousands of Melbourne area residents are still being asked to boil their water before use -- all in the wake of water plant issue last week.

The water main break at the city's production facility happened Thursday -- causing the alert to all the city's customers -- which included West Melbourne, Palm Shores and some beach-side areas.

All water for drinking, cooking, making ice, brushing teeth and washing dishes requires a one minute rolling boil.

For local restaurants, it's meant resorting to plastic cups and utensils and offering bottled water to customers.

"We want to make sure all of our customers are safe with the boil water alerts because we do serve food and drinks," said Genell Hairwood with Intracoastal Brewing Company. "We wash our dishes with sanitizer water, but we didn't even want to take that chance, so we are using plastic cups instead."

Meanwhile, the city of West Melbourne tested its water, and the notice for its residents has been lifted.

But for the remaining 130,000 residents in the Melbourne service area, it's in effect until further notice.