The City of Cocoa does not turn off water during a storm. Depending on the trajectory and strength of the impending storm, City leadership may decide to isolate the system that supplies water to the barrier islands (Merritt Island, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach) from the main utility system since that system is more susceptible to breaks in the system. Breaks in the barrier island system could be unreachable for many hours depending on the storm and therefore cause pressure loss to the entire utility system. This is not a guarantee for every storm. If this happens, there will still be water service, but it will be limited to the amount stored in tanks on the barrier island. Local city and utility officials will evaluate the speed, direction, and intensity of the forecasted storm to determine if and when an isolation to the system is needed. Once the decision has been made, the message will go out through the multiple communication channels throughout the entire county and will be communicated to the news media and through the City's website and social media pages.
Barrier islands include all areas east of the Indian River including Merritt Island, Cape Canaveral and Cocoa Beach. Water main breaks are highly likely on the barrier islands but can happen at any location where the storm hits. All residents are advised to be prepared for potential loss of water service and for the possible issue of a Precautionary Boil Water Notice once water service is restored. Prepare by storing water ahead of the storm.