Precautionary boil water notice issued for Pembroke Pines

PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. – A boil water notice remains in effect in Pembroke Pines Friday after a water main break was reported in the area Thursday.

Officials said that even though the repair has been completed, they recommend all water used for drinking, cooking, making ice, washing dishes, or brushing teeth get a rolling boil for at least two minutes prior to consuming. Bottled water may also be used.

The water main break occurred west of Interstate 75 at Southwest 145th Street and Pines Boulevard.

Schools in the area have been notified, but at least three Pembroke Pines businesses told Local 10 News they weren't aware of the precautionary boil water notice. Those who are exposed to the contaminated water could fall ill from the bacteria in it.

However, Tony Meyer, who owns Vicky Bakery near Dykes Road and Pine Boulevard said he's aware of the notice, and said it has affected his business.

"I can't do any dishes because of sanitary reasons," said Meyer. "When people ask for water we have to sell them bottled water, and we can't bake anything while we are under the order for anything that we use water for."

Meyer said he luckily has a filtration system for the coffee maker, so customers were still able to get their coffee fix on Friday.

The notice will remain in effect until a bacteriological survey shows the water is safe to drink. Officials said that could take two to three days to complete.

Anyone with any questions regarding the testing of the water should contact The City of Pembroke Pines Water Plant at 954-986-5011.