Once again, it’s safe for Breezy Point residents to drink from the tap.
On Wednesday, the New York City Departments of Health and Mental Hygiene and Environmental Protection announced that the area’s boil water order has been lifted, except for the areas between Jamaica Walk and Ocean Avenue and to the south of Oceanside Avenue.
Although Sandy didn’t compromise the city’s drinking water, Breezy Point’s privately managed and operated water pipes were damaged. In November residents were told not to drink from the tap, but in January were allowed to use water for drinking, making ice, washing dishes, brushing teeth and preparing food as long as it was boiled first.
Before lifting the order, Breezy Point’s water was tested to ensure that it meets state drinking water standards, said the city.
If water appears discolored or cloudy at first, run the faucet until it runs clear and cold. This process may take several minutes if faucets and outlets have not been regularly used. Also, residents should replace all ice machine filters and beverage dispenser filters, and flush water through the filter for five minutes.