Some 42 businesses, including a number of restaurants around the Port Charlotte Town Center mall at Murdock Circle, have been advised to boil water until further notice following a water valve repair.
The county Utilities Department issued the precautionary boil water notice Tuesday after shutting off water overnight for the repair, said Charlotte County Utilities spokesperson Caroline Wannall.
The county is requesting that all customers in the affected area boil water for drinking or cooking at a rolling boil for at least one minute. Utility customers should boil water until further notice. As an alternative, bottled water could be used.
Businesses affected are at the following addresses: 1441 U.S. 41, 1140 El Jobean Road, 1080 El Jobean Road and 1100 El Jobean Road. In addition to this advisory, the county is going door-to-door to each affected business, Wannall said, to notify them of the boil advisory.
Repair of a valve was necessary after a contractor damaged one of the water lines while doing work for one of the businesses, Wannall said. Whenever the county shuts down a water line, she said, the state Department of Health requires a boil notice until tests come back proving no contamination, she said.
That may take a few days, she added.
Restaurants can stay open in situations like this, Wannall said, but they may decide to not offer ice or tap water.