The Free Times of Florida (FSUF) reported this week that the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has ordered local water utilities to shut down for a partial eclipse that begins on August 21, and the state has yet to issue a formal warning.
The DEP order comes after the Florida Keys Water Authority said on Sunday that it was expecting a heavy rain event that could affect the state’s water supply for several days.
On Tuesday, the Florida Water Management Agency announced that a state-wide advisory had been issued to residents to stay indoors and keep pets inside.
Florida’s water agency also urged all residents to conserve water by taking showers and bathing, as well as keeping pets indoors, and by not using tap water for drinking and cooking.
The Florida Department is not issuing any warnings as of this writing, but officials are urging residents to exercise caution during the eclipse.
The DEP issued a warning on Monday, advising people to take showers, baths and use a tap for water.
“Due to the potential for water contamination during the partial eclipse, all Florida residents are urged to take all precautions to protect themselves from water contamination,” DEP spokesman John Pankratz wrote in an email.
“The DEI recommends the use of bottled water, as it is a safe and effective means to prevent water contamination.”
The agency also issued a water advisory for all residents on Monday morning, and issued a new one on Tuesday.