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As part of the Village’s
commitment to providing the highest quality water possible that meets all state
and local required standards, the Village maintains a certified onsite laboratory,
three full-time laboratory technicians, and numerous licensed water treatment
operators that complete water testing/sampling daily. This testing includes chlorine
residual, pH, and turbidity samples at each water treatment plant every three
hours; chlorine residual samples throughout the water distribution system, including
at the entry point to the Lake Clark Shores water system, every day; and forty bacteriological
samples throughout water distribution system and at each well every month among
During Friday's routine bacteriological
testing several samples returned positive for total coliform. Coliform are
bacteria that are naturally present in the environment and are used as an
indicator that other, potentially harmful, bacteria may be present. Out of an
abundance of caution for the health and welfare of our customers the Village
was required by the Palm Beach County Health Department to issue a system-wide
precautionary boil water notice.
As a result, extensive sampling (40
samples per day) was completed today and yesterday throughout the water system
by an independent laboratory to ensure the safety of our drinking water. At
this point in time there have been no indications that harmful bacteria are
present in our drinking water. However, the complete results from this sampling
will not be available until Monday evening, at which time we are hopeful to
lift the precautionary boil water notice. Please
note that it is very important that the precautionary boil water notice
continue to be followed until further notice.
Please continue to check our
website (www.vpsfl.org) for the most
We take the trust that our
community places in us to provide safe, great tasting drinking water very
seriously. We know that this is a significant inconvenience for our customers,
which is why Village staff is working around the clock to resolve this issue as
quickly as possible.
Thank you for your patience as we
work to protect the health and welfare of our community.
Matthew Hammond, PE
Public Service Director
As a result and as a precaution, we are advising that all water used for drinking, cooking, making ice, brushing teeth and/or washing dishes be boiled. To ensure the highest levels of safety, a rolling boil of one minute is sufficient or, as an alternative, bottled water may be used. For additional information, visit https://tinyurl.com/Boil-Water-Proceedures.
The “Precautionary Boil Water Notice” affects utility customers within Palm Springs, Lake Clark Shores and parts of unincorporated Palm Beach County. A map of the Village’s Utility Service Area is attached showing the affected areas.
This “Precautionary Boil Water Notice” will remain in effect until the problem has been corrected and a bacteriological survey shows that the water is safe to drink. The public will be notified immediately through the local media, Village website (www.vpsfl.org), Village E-newsletter, social media accounts, etc. when this issue has been resolved.
Again, the health and welfare of the public is the top priority for the Village and staff is actively working with the Palm Beach County Health Department to resolve this issue as quickly as possible. We apologize for any inconvenience that this may provide.
Total Coliform Bacteria:
Coliform are bacteria that are naturally present in the environment and are used as an indicator that other, potentially harmful, bacteria may be present. Coliform were found in more samples than allowed and this was a warning of potential problems.
For further, information and/or updates, please visit our website at www.vpsfl.org.
Contact: Matt Hammond, Public Service Director – email@example.com