If you don’t have water in your home this morning, here’s why:
Saturday morning’s water main break in Sunset Harbour triggered additional nearby breaks in the water line — first in a small line on Rivo Alto, and then in one on Belle Isle.
Then, late Saturday, the city discovered another leak in a major water main in Sunset Harbour.
Miami Beach public works crews spent Saturday night and early Sunday morning trying to repair the breaks in the midst of the oncoming Tropical Storm Isaac. But as of early Sunday, most if not all homeowners on Belle Isle and Rivo Alto have no water.
Many condo residents are waking up with blue notices hanging from their doorknobs informing them of a boil water order – once water service is restored. It advises a minute of “roiling boil” before using water for cooking or drinking.
The city imposed boil water orders to six residential buildings in the Sunset Harbour-Alton Road corridor Saturday as a result of the first water line break.
Here is a news release from the city late last night:
Miami Beach Public Works crews are working overnight to repair a 20-inch water main transmission break just east of the repaired line at Purdy Avenue and Dade Boulevard and two smaller leaks on Venetian Islands (east of Belle Isle and West Rivo Alto).
The closure of water valves connecting other lines to the 20-inch water transmission main may reduce water pressure to South Beach area customers while repairs are made.
The smaller leaks (8” and 6” pipes) on Venetian Island may have been a direct result of the earlier 20-inch break on Purdy Avenue, which was repaired around 8:00 p.m. tonight.
No cause of the new 20-inch break has been determined.