Lee County Utilities issues precautionary boil water notice due to Hurricane Irma.  Water pressures will be reduced in advance of the storm.

Customers who experience low water pressure or no water at any time during the event will be under a boil water notice.

Consumption includes brushing teeth and vegetables and homemade ice.  Tap water may be used for showering, baths, shaving and washing, as long as care is taken not to swallow or allow water in eyes, nose or mouth.

While under a boil water notice, water used for consumption can be disinfected by any one of the following methods:

– Bringing water to a rolling boil and holding it there for 1 min.

– Using a disinfectant chemical.  If you cannot boil water, you should put 8 drops of common household bleach (unscented) which is about 1/8 teaspoon, into 1 gallon of tap water, then shake it, and allow it to stand for 30 minutes before drinking.  If the water is cloudy, use 16 drops, about one quarter teaspoon bleach, shake it, and let it stand for 30 minutes.  There should be a slight chlorine odor.   Use common household bleach that has 5 % to 8 % active ingredients.  Use food grade containers.  OR Using water purification tablets or iodine that many sports and camping stores sell, and follow the directions on the package.

Once the water has been tested and it is safe to drink, Lee County Utilities will do a media advisory of when the boil water notice has been lifted.