CAPE CORAL, Fla.- Two 16-inch water main breaks have been repaired and service restored.  The water main breaks were unrelated, and both were caused by the rock bed under the lines.    

The first 16-inch main break occurred this morning at 7 a.m. near SE 27th Terrace and Archer Parkway.  The break caused low pressure problems for many of the City's water/sewer customers and produced cloudy or brown water for some consumers.  The discolored water does not pose a health risk.  The repairs were completed by noon, and no precautionary boil water notices were issued as no customers experienced loss of service.

The second 16-inch water main break was reported at 11:30 a.m. at 137 Kamal Parkway.  Repairs have been completed and service is being restored.  City crews have issued 63 precautionary boil water notices. 

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ORIGINAL REPORT:

A 16-inch water main break this morning at SE 27th Terrace and Archer Parkway caused low pressure problems for many of the City’s water/sewer customers. The main break has been isolated and pressure throughout the system restored; however, some customers may have experienced cloudy or brown water for this morning. The discolored water does not pose a health risk.

At about 7:00 a.m., the City received a report of a water line break near Jason Verdow Park. Because of the size of the water main, many customers experienced reduced water pressure. Crews arrived on scene within 15 minutes and began isolating the break. By 8:20 a.m., the break was isolated and water pressure restored to the City’s customers outside the break area.

When large water mains kick in and begin pumping water, the pressure flushes the lines and produces the cloudy or brown tint in the water. Customers can run their water for a few minutes or wait for about an hour before using their water to allow the cloudiness and color to dissipate.

The water main should be repaired and water restored to the impacted area within about five hours. Any customers in the immediate area will be provided with a precautionary boil water notice once the repairs are complete.