People and pets affected by Matlacha water main break
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CREATED Sep. 12, 2013
MATLACHA, Fla. - Matlacha is a water-lover's paradise. But, for a place with water as a main draw it's now one of the islands biggest problems.
"It made for a trying afternoon," said Cynthia Nicholson who works at a business affected by a water main break.
The break Tuesday afternoon shut off water for hours from Island Avenue to Sandy Hook Restaurant. The water is now back on, but homes and businesses are still under a boil water advisory.
They have to boil it, or bottle it. Some restaurants even closed their doors for the day.
"There is no shutdown, there is no excuse," said Cynthia Nicholson. She works as a senior groomer at Pampered Pets on Pine Island Road. "If their dog came here dirty, they expect to pick it up clean."
At Pampered Pup, the pups were getting pampered, water or not.
"At 3:00 when the water went out, we had 9 dogs left to wash so we sent our receptionist off to Publix and she got gallon jugs of water and we set up a syphon with a little teeny tiny hose," said Nicholson.
The work became tedious.
"It usually takes 5 to 10 minutes to wash a dog," she said. "It took 15 to 20 minutes. "If we would have had big dogs to do, we would have been out of luck."
Now a day after the water main break, the pampering continues. Pups needing a drink get bottled water, and the people, waiting for the weekend now has a new meaning.
"Today, it's just use extra caution and make sure you don't let the dog lick the water as you're washing it," said Nicholson.
The Greater Pine Island Water Association says it appears a truck or large piece of equipment ran into the valves above ground and pushed them into the water main. That is what eventually caused the break.
The all clear for the water advisory could be Friday night or Saturday morning at the latest.