On Oct. 15, the Island Water Association reported that it had pressurized the water distribution system throughout Sanibel and Captiva. The water remains under a boil water advisory and is not safe for consumption unless brought to a rolling boil for at least one minute.
IWA noted that water must only be used for construction purposes and property clean-up until sanitary sewer systems are online. Water must not be used for any purpose that will discharge to the sewer, including toilet flushing, showering, laundry and hand washing.
The city of Sanibel will inform residents when the sanitary sewer system is operational.
Captiva residents should check with their neighborhood association representative to determine if their sanitary sewer system or package plant is operational. Property owners with performance treatment systems or septic systems should confirm their system is able to treat wastewater properly beforehand.
To re-establish water service at a property, make a request to IWA using the Hurricane Ian Restoration of Water Services Form at https://www.islandwater.com/. IWA will work to return service within 72 hours of receiving a request. Water meters are not to be turned on by anyone other than IWA personnel.