Published: Dec 26, 2012 11:25 AM EST
Updated: Dec 26, 2012 5:36 PM EST

CAPE CORAL, Fla. -- Hundreds of people in Cape Coral are under a boil water notice. The city shut off water to replace a valve this morning off Santa Barbara Boulevard near Cape Coral Preparatory and Fitness Academy.     

The work was planned, but many residents are upset they didn't get a warning.

The day after Christmas, Joe Kastelan and his out of state visitors are boiling their water to be safe, and aren't too happy about it.  "I talked to the city manager's office and wanted to get to the bottom of it, because its pretty poor planning on someones part," he said.

Crews were busy Wednesday morning fixing a water main in a scheduled maintenance. The project stopped water for more than 200 homes in an area near Santa Barbara Boulevard. and some here had no idea until it was too late. 

"My husband was about to take a shower and there was no water!" said Cape Coral resident Sylvia Biondolillo.

"Why didn't they schedule it for next week when everybody was back to work and all the guests had gone back home?" said Kastelan

The boil advisory is in place  for the next couple of days. The city also installed a valve, that we're told, should have been installed much earlier.      

The city says,  if a water main break happens here again it will only have to shut off water to ten homes instead of more than 200. 

As far as the timing, we're told, crews have to do it this week before a school down the road gets back from winter break. "It's very inconvenient and we would hope at least next time that we would be advised this was going to happen," said Kastelan.

The Lee County Health Department will let the city know when the water is safe again. We're told that could happen by Friday. When it happens, trust WINK News to let you know.