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Fort Lauderdale: Contractor Who Broke Water Main Wasn’t Digging Where It Told Us

Courtesy / City of Fort Lauderdale
A photograph taken at the scene of a water main break in Fort Lauderdale where a tree limb was used to temporarily plug the hole. Cement was then poured into the trench to create a concrete bunker. The solution worked.

Fort Lauderdale never warned a contractor that a critical water line lay buried where workers planned to dig last week, a report shows, but city officials say that’s because the contractor supplied the wrong address.

The misinformation led to a failure that ultimately dried up the city’s water supply and led to days of boil-water orders.

Taps ran dry hours after the contractor drilled into the water supply line July 17. Countless businesses were forced to close, and more than 200,000 people were left without water to drink or shower.

Read more at the Sun Sentinel.

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