Today, Oct. 22, DEP, in coordination with Santa Rosa County Emergency Management, will be operating a bottled water distribution station.
Additional availability will be announced as soon as more information is available.
This distribution station is being made available to aid residents impacted by the previously issued boil water notice by the Midway Water System for the area between 4115 Soundside Drive and 5012 Soundside Drive, including Natures Cove and The Waters subdivisions and adjacent streets. Find a map of the affected area here: https://www.santarosa.fl.gov/DocumentCenter/View/6082/Midway-Area-of-Concern.
The boil water notice was issued by the utility following a private contractor plumbing a cross-connection from a residential sewage line to a municipal potable water line, which was confirmed on Oct.18. Boiling water is not effective in disinfecting all bacteriological parameters and is not the most protective measure. Therefore, in an abundance of caution, residents should utilize an alternative water supply, such as bottled water for potable use until testing confirms the water meets all drinking water standards.
DEP and DOH are committed to working together to ensure residents have access to safe drinking water and accurate, timely information regarding the status of their public water supply.
Immediately upon discovery on Oct. 18, the city disconnected the cross-connection and initiated sampling throughout the distribution system. At this time, sampling remains ongoing and the utility continues to chlorinate and flush the lines.