Businesses, families finding ways around boil water notice

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TAMPA, Florida -- With the 48-hour boil water notice affecting such a large part of Tampa, businesses are turning to alternatives to keep their heads above water.

"Our stuff is safe here," says Amy Cadicamo, owner of Harbour Island coffee shop The Buzz.

That's because The Buzz brewed up a plan, boiling water to make espresso and crafting other drinks using bottled water.

"We have a pump on our ice machine that allows it to suck the water out of the water jug and use purified water to make ice," Cadicamo says.

The quick changes come at a cost, but it's worth it for Cadicamo. She says Sunday's Harbour Island Art Walk will be their busiest day of the month.

"As a local small business, you have to be able to serve your customers or else they will go somewhere else," she says.

All that talk about bottled water is emptying the Target on Dale Mabry. One-gallon jugs were stocked in the morning and gone by the afternoon. Another area that carried bottled water had only one pack of Dasani on display.

"It looks like a hurricane was coming," says senior team leader Silka Colon. "Tomorrow, we'll receive another [shipment]. We have more in the back that we're getting ready to restock the shelves with."

Alex Diaz, who was setting up a birthday party for his niece at Al Lopez Park on Saturday, says their party will also be turning to bottled water, along with cans of soda, instead of fountain drinks.

His take on the boil water notice: "If it's just going to last a weekend, a weekend ain't nothing compared to a lifetime, you know?"

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