TO: All residents of Gasparilla Island.
A loss of water pressure was experienced due Hurricane Ian.
Therefore, as a precaution, we advise that all water used for consumption, be disinfected by any of the following methods:
- Bring water to a rolling boil and hold it there for one (1) minute.
- Put eight (8) drops (1/8 teaspoon) of common household bleach onto one (1) gallon of tap water, shake it and allow it to stand for 30 minutes before drinking. If the water is cloudy, use sixteen (16) drops (1/4 teaspoon). There should be a slight chlorine odor. Use common household bleach that has 5 or 6% active ingredients. Use food grade containers. Don’t use bleach that has perfume scents added.
- Use water purification tablets or iodine that many sports and camping stores sell.
As an alternative, you can also buy commercial bottled water for consumption and food preparation. Consumption includes brushing teeth, washing fruits and vegetables, and homemade ice. Tap water may be used for showering, baths shaving and washing, so long as care is taken not to swallow or allow water in eyes, nose, mouth and open wounds.
This “Emergency Boil Water Notice” will remain in effect until the necessary repairs are made and a Bacteriological Survey (two (2) consecutive days of testing and passing water samples) shows that the water is safe to drink. Up-to-date information including when we expect this notice to be rescinded, can be obtained at www.mygiwa.com. If you have any questions, you can contact Ronald Bolton, Utility Director for Gasparilla Island Water Association, Inc at 954-593-3823.
GASPARILLA ISLAND WATER ASSOCIATION, INC.