People who get their water from the city of Fort Lauderdale should be prepared to have no water for the next 24 to 36 hours--city officials announced this morning.
The Sun-Sentinel reports that a contractor doing work near Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport damaged a 42-inch water main.
The pipe supplies raw water from the city’s wellfields into a major water treatment plant.
Residents and businesses are urged to turn off all irrigation systems.
This includes Fort Lauderdale and neighboring cities that get their water from Fort Lauderdale. That would be parts or all of seven other cities: Dania Beach, Davie, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, Wilton Manors, Lazy Lake, Oakland Park and Tamarac.
Here is the notice issued by the city of Fort Lauderdale this morning at 6:15 a.m.:
On Wednesday, July 17, a contractor doing construction work near Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport damaged a 42-inch water main that supplies raw water from the City’s wellfields into the Fiveash water treatment plant.
In order to repair the line, the water supply from the wellfields has been shut off. This means that no water is currently feeding the Fiveash water plant.
Residents and businesses in Fort Lauderdale and neighboring cities that receive their water from Fort Lauderdale should be prepared to be without water service beginning as early as 7 a.m. Thursday morning and lasting at least 24 hours.
While water service is still operating, residents and businesses are urged to limit use. Please turn off all irrigation systems and only use water when absolutely necessary. Updates will be provided as more information becomes available.
For more information please call the City of Fort Lauderdale 24-Hour Neighbor Service Center at 954-828-8000.