The Florida Department of Health in Lee County (DOH-Lee) advises residents living in homes with private wells affected by flood waters to take precautions against disease-causing organisms that may make their water unsafe to drink.
DOH-Lee recommends ONE of the following:
Boil tap water and holding it at rolling boil for at least one minute. Let it cool before using it for drinking, brushing teeth, washing food, cooking, or washing dishes;
OR disinfect tap water by adding 8 drops of plain unscented household bleach (4 to 6% strength), which is about 1/8 tsp or a dime sized puddle, per gallon of water. If a higher strength bleach is used (8.25% strength), only add 7 drops of bleach. Mix the solution and let it stand for 30 minutes. If the water is cloudy after 30 minutes, repeat the procedure once.
Note: Use a container that has a cap or cover for disinfecting and storing water to be used for drinking. This will prevent contamination. In addition, containers for water should be rinsed with a bleach solution of one tablespoon bleach per gallon of water before reusing them.
OR use commercially-available bottled water, especially for mixing baby formula.
After the flooding subsides:
Disinfect your private well using the procedures available from DOH-Lee or visit the Florida Department of Health website:http://www.floridahealth.gov/environmental-health/private-well-testing/index.html
You may also visit the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (US EPA) website for instructions: http://water.epa.gov/drink/info/well/whatdo.cfm
To know if your water is safe, have your water tested by a certified laboratory for coliform bacteria if available. To find a certified laboratory, visit the following website: https://fldeploc.dep.state.fl.us/aams/index.asp
DOH-Lee will be offering free bacteriological testing for private wells through Thursday, September 28 in response to Hurricane Irma.
This afternoon the Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce announced that the 12th Annual Fort Myers Beach Pirate Festival scheduled for Oct 6-8, 2017 will be held, however, it will have a Modified Format and Schedule.
“Because of the continuing effect of Hurricane Irma on the businesses and residents of Ft Myers Beach and all of Florida, and due to the outpouring of support we received from this morning’s cancellation announcement, we feel it is in everyone’s best interest to hold the 2017 Pirate Fest with a modified schedule.” said Jacki Liszak, President of the Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce. Liszak added, “The focus of our island right now is getting our business and residential life back to normal and we are working with limited resources. We feel that with a modified schedule and format, our Pirate Fest Weekend will still bring much needed stress relief and normalcy to our residents and guests while allowing our businesses to rebound from the Hurricane’s financial impact.”
The event will go on; however, there will a number of elements that we will not be able to provide this year. In addition, the event will be spaced out along Old San Carlos and there will be NO admission fee!
The 2018 event is full steam ahead and currently scheduled for October 5-7, 2018. Pirate Festival Entertainment and Vendor Coordination Belinda Hadcock is happy that there will still be an event, “There’s always a silver lining,” said Hadcock, “and we’re going to take advantage of this year’s event changes to bring an even bigger and better Pirate Fest to Fort Myers Beach next year!”
For those who need more information about this year’s changes or next year’s event, please contact the Fort Myers Beach Chamber at 239-454-7500 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For entertainer and vendor questions please contact Belinda Hadcock at email@example.com.
Join us for an evening of sharing lessons learned from our experiences with Hurricane Irma. Discuss what worked well, what we can do differently next time. Take time to recognize and thank those individuals and organizations who are continuing to go ‘above and beyond’ to help others through the storm and to move us towards return to normalcy.
An Estero Island Taxpayer Event
When: Tuesday, 19 September 2017
Where: FMB Women’s Club
175 Sterling Avenue
Time: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
See you there!