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Courtesy / Hallandale Beach

Hallandale Beach issued a boil-water order Tuesday night after a city contractor hit and broke a valve on a water main.

The precautionary notice covers a limited area of the city: from Southwest Fourth Street to Southwest Eighth Street between Dixie Highway and Southwest Second Avenue, as well as Peter Bluesten Park and the Hallandale Beach YMCA Family Center.

The boil water order will remain in effect at least through the Thanksgiving holiday. The earliest it will be lifted is Friday, depending on test results officials said.

Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department

“I have become the water and sewer system,” said Kevin Lynskey. “Apparently, I am the water and sewer system.”

This isn’t a statement of ego exactly. Rather, it is how Lynskey feels about the job he’s held for almost two years — director of the Miami-Dade County Water and Sewer System.

“At a certain point, as you take a new job, you become the human representative of everything that happened for 50 years,” he said.

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Courtesy of the City of Fort Lauderdale / WLRN

As city crews worked on emergency repairs to a 16-inch water main under the New River, Fort Lauderdale issued a boil-water order for a section of downtown Monday afternoon.

The precautionary boil-water order came about 5:30 p.m., hours after the water main break.

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The City of Fort Lauderdale / WLRN

The city of Fort Lauderdale issued a precautionary boil-water notice for the Las Olas Isles and Nurmi Isles neighborhoods late Thursday.

Precautionary notices are issued when there is a chance of bacteria entering the water system. 

Workers began emergency repairs at a broken water main at Las Olas Boulevard and San Marco Drive. Repairs are expected to last three to four hours into Thursday night. 


The yellow tinge to Fort Lauderdale’s drinking water won’t be going away anytime soon.

A proposed solution would be too expensive to operate and probably wouldn’t produce satisfactory results, officials said Wednesday. And anyway, the water is fine to drink despite the color.

But all things considered, it’s among the least of the problems the city faces when it comes to its water system.

The World Health Organization says there's not enough evidence to conclude that microplastics — which exist nearly everywhere in the environment and show up in drinking water — pose any risk to human health, but it cautions that more research is needed to draw firm conclusions.

South Florida Sun Sentinel

Boil-water notice issued for Lauderhill areas.

A boil-water notice was issued Sunday evening for parts of Lauderhill after Florida Power & Light Co. broke a water main.

Covered by the notice are the following areas: 2351-2551 NW 41st Avenue, 26th Street from State Road 7 to Northwest 42nd Avenue, and 2439-2701 State Road 7.

Read more at the Sun Sentinel.

City of Fort Lauderdale / Courtesy

It has been four days since residents in the Las Olas Isles area of Fort Lauderdale have been able to drink water from their taps without boiling it first — and it’ll be at least two days more before that changes.

The city extended the boil-water order until at least late Wednesday after the system failed to pass bacteriological tests. Tests must come back clean two consecutive days before the order can be lifted.

Courtesy / City of Fort Lauderdale

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.

Boil-Water Order Lifted In Most Of Fort Lauderdale And Other Cities

Jul 22, 2019
Taimy Alvarez / South Florida Sun Sentinel

Days after a critical water main break caused massive outages in Fort Lauderdale, most customers are back to normal.

Exceptions include Oakland Park and the neighborhoods of Fort Lauderdale around Harbour Beach.

About 5 p.m. Sunday, Fort Lauderdale partially lifted a boil-water order after two days of clear tests. The order was put in place Thursday after a Florida Power & Light subcontractor drilled a 6-inch hole into a water main near Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport.


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.

Gitanjali Rao is already on the 2019 Forbes 30 Under 30 list and she hasn't even made it to high school yet.

In 2017, the then 11-year-old from Lone Tree, Colo. was named 'America's Top Young Scientist' for the design of a small, mobile device that tests for lead in drinking water.


Saltwater intrusion is just one of the risks facing South Florida's drinking water. 

The Biscayne Aquifer, a 4,000-mile sponge-like rock formation that filters and stores the region's clean groundwater, is also being polluted by sewage runoff and other contaminants. 

Riane Roldan / WLRN

There's a buzzword among people who work on quality-of-life issues in South Florida: "Resilience."

It’s a concept we often apply to a person, someone who's able to cope with difficult circumstances. But more and more, the word is being used in the context of how communities respond to issues like traffic, hurricanes, affordable housing and rising seas.

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Getty images via Miami Herald / WLRN

This story has been updated for clarity, and with new information.

Broward County released its 2017 water quality report Monday.

The report, from the county's Water and Wastewater Services office, shows drinking water across Broward County had low, acceptable levels of all chemicals during 2017.

“Once again, our water met or exceeded all standards of the federal Safe Drinking Water Act,” Alan Garcia, the Director of Water and Wastewater Services, wrote in a statement Monday.