Rick Scott said he has ordered a statewide water shut-off order to protect the health of his state’s population.
Scott said Thursday the state’s water supply system has experienced major disruptions during Hurricane Irma and he ordered the state to shut off drinking water to 1 million people as well as residents in areas where water systems are offline.
In a statement, Scott said: It is imperative that all Floridians take care of their bodies and families, and protect their water supplies from potentially harmful contaminants.
The governor said the water shut off order would not affect the operation of any Florida utility or water service.
It also is not effective against the spread of bacteria, viruses, parasites and other contaminants, according to the statement.
Florida has seen more than 20 major hurricanes in the past 40 years.
Irma brought tropical storm force winds and heavy rains to the Caribbean and the Florida Keys, and the state suffered record flooding in parts of Miami and the Panhandle.
Scott said the state has not had a major storm like this since 2005.
“This is a huge and unprecedented disaster, and our response has been effective in dealing with it,” Scott said.
Hurricane Irma left at least 10,000 people without power in the U.S. and left thousands of others without drinking water.
On Thursday, Scott signed a bill to create a disaster recovery fund that will pay for the relief costs for Floridias residents.
More than $25 billion in relief funds are expected to be distributed over the next several months to those affected by Irma, according the National Flood Insurance Program.