2013-02-08 / Top Stories

Breezy Point: It’s Safe To Drink The Water

According to the NYC Departments of Health and Mental Hygiene and Environmental Protection it is now safe for Breezy Point residents to drink the water.

They have announced that the Boil Water Order for Breezy Point has been lifted. It is safe to drink the tap water in all areas of Breezy except the heavily damaged area between Jamaica Walk and Ocean Avenue and to the South of Oceanside Avenue.

New York City’s drinking water remained safe during and after Hurricane Sandy. Breezy Point’s distribution system, however, is privately managed and operated.

As of November, the City ordered Breezy Point residents not to drink the water due to extensive damage to the private water pipes and the prolonged loss of water pressure in Breezy Point.

In January, the order was modified, directing residents to boil water before using it for drinking, making ice, washing dishes, brushing teeth, and preparing food.

The water pipes have been repeatedly flushed in Breezy Point and the water has been tested to ensure that it meets New York State drinking water standards.

For faucets and outlets that have not been regularly used, the water may appear discolored or cloudy at first. Residents are advised to run their tap until the water runs cold and clear, in some areas this could take several minutes.

They should also replace all ice machine and beverage dispenser filters, and flush water through the new filters for five minutes.

A Do Not Drink order remains in effect for the heavily damaged area between Jamaica Walk and Ocean Avenue and to the South of Oceanside Avenue.

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