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Panama City Beach boil water notice takes effect Sunday

In Panama City Beach, a leak has been discovered in a pipe that supplies the area with about 60% of it's water, including unincorporated parts of the city. (WJHG/WECP)
In Panama City Beach, a leak has been discovered in a pipe that supplies the area with about 60% of it's water, including unincorporated parts of the city. (WJHG/WECP)(WJHG)
Published: Mar. 12, 2020 at 5:27 PM CDT
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Water, it's essential to life.

"Bay County's water source comes from Deer Point Reservoir," said Benjamin Blitch, the Bay County utilities director.

The water is pulled from the reservoir and treated at the Bay County facility to make sure it's clean and disinfected so it can then travel to your home and business.

"Water is a part of everyday life," said Blitch.

Now in Panama City Beach, a leak has been discovered in a pipe that supplies the area with about 60% of its water, including unincorporated parts of the city. This means residents will soon have to go into a precautionary boil water notice.

"So we have to reduce the pressures in the system and now have scheduled a permanent fix to hopefully begin Sunday evening," said Al Shortt, the utilities director for Panama City Beach.

Shortt tells us the precautionary boil water notice will take effect Sunday around 8 p.m.

"The water is safe for bathing, it's just really for cooking, for drinking, for brushing your teeth, don't make ice with it, just don't wash raw produce, have that, typically you know just use bottled water, to brush your teeth can boil the water for cooking purposes, but as far as normal use of bathing, it's fine," said Shortt.

Around 20,000 customers will be affected by the boil water notice.

"It's unfortunate where the leak is. We tried to do a repair on it Tuesday evening, but we had an isolation valve that was not functioning properly and as a result we're kind of having to regroup and come up with a more involved repair," said Shortt.

Officials are advising residents to boil water for one minute and cool before use. Also, avoid contact with cuts or other wounds when bathing.

Officials tell us the boil water notice is expected to be lifted Wednesday morning.

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