Fort Lauderdale Sewage

State Increases Sewage Fine To Fort Lauderdale To $2.1 Million — Largest Penalty In State History

Jun 12, 2020
Fort Lauderdale sewage
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

The state of Florida has hit the city of Fort Lauderdale with a $2.1 million penalty, the largest in its history, after scores of sewage spills that wreaked havoc on house-lined streets and rivers and canals.

Bibi Andrade

Residents of Miami Beach, Surfside and Bal Harbour Village are being warned to steer clear of some waterways and reduce water use after three sewer line breaks this week.

Photo by Juan Carlos Castañeda / Courtesy of Owsley Brown Presents

On this Thursday, March 5, episode of Sundial WLRN’s Caitie Switalski guest hosts:

Legislative update of gambling, vaping and medical pot

The 2020 legislative session is scheduled to end March 13 and one bill that lawmakers have been struggling to come to a consensus on deals with regulating teen vaping in the state.

Fort Lauderdale’s Polluted Waterways Need Help: Here Come The Oysters

Mar 5, 2020
Mike Stocker / South Florida Sun Sentinel

As broken sewage pipes foul Fort Lauderdale’s waterways, a group of conservationists has begun deploying one of the world’s most formidable filtration systems.

A single oyster can cleanse more than 50 gallons of water a day. Volunteers with Coastal Conservation Association, a recreational fishing and conservation group, have begun distributing 100 pizza-sized mini-reefs to waterfront homeowners that will provide places for oyster larvae to latch onto, reach adulthood and turn into an army of water cleaners.

Another Sewer Main Break In Fort Lauderdale

Feb 24, 2020

City crews are on the scene of another sewer line break in Fort Lauderdale, officials said Monday.

Initial reports indicate the break happened in a 14-inch sewer line in the parking lot area of George English Park, 1101 Bayview Dr., city spokesman Chaz Adams said in an email. The line that broke is connected to a nearby pumping station.

Because of the latest break, Bayview Drive is closed north of Sunrise Boulevard. Police are at the scene directing traffic.

Susan Stocker / South Florida Sun Sentinel

Pipes in Fort Lauderdale keep breaking--it's been an almost daily reality for many people living and working in the city.

More than 200 million gallons of sewage have spilled from busted pipes in Fort Lauderdale since December.


Daniel A. Varela / Miami Herald

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is imposing a nearly $1.8 million fine on the City of Fort Lauderdale for the more than 200 million gallons of sewage spilled since December last year. 

That announcement came just hours after a Tuesday meeting where Fort Lauderdale City Commissioners were briefed about their options to seek state and federal dollars to fix the city's deteriorating sewage infrastructure. 

Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Tourism is part of the lifeblood of South Florida's economy.

The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau — the marketing agency for Broward County —introduced its 2020 vision for attracting new visitors to the area at a luncheon Wednesday, inside the soon-to-be-redone county convention center. 

Pipe Breaks Still Haunting Fort Lauderdale. This Time It’s A Water Main.

Feb 10, 2020
Joe Cavaretta / Sun Sentinel

Residents in two Fort Lauderdale neighborhoods are being told to boil their tap water after yet another pipe break.

It’s the latest one to haunt Fort Lauderdale, a city scrambling to fix a crumbling network of underground water and sewer pipes after years of neglect.

This time, a water main ruptured under the south fork of the New River on Saturday, forcing the city to issue yet another boil-water order.

Fort Lauderdale sewage
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

It's become part of daily life for Fort Lauderdale residents: pipes are breaking.

Six sewage main breaks in December spilled nearly 127 million gallons of waste into streets, yards and the city's waterways. It's impacting where residents can swim, and if they should boil water before they brush their teeth. 

Pipe-break City: Fort Lauderdale Works To Fix Three Broken Pipes Today

Feb 3, 2020
Fort Lauderdale sewage
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Fort Lauderdale, a city with water and sewer lines old enough to crack and crumble, was dealing with a trifecta of pipe breaks on Monday.

Fort Lauderdale City Commission
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

Fort Lauderdale city commissioners met at the city's Women's Club downtown on Friday to dissect what initiatives worked last year, and where they should focus their efforts and city money for 2021. The exercise was part of the city's annual goal-setting workshop. 

One of six key areas the commission decided to focus on with urgency: fixing sewage and infrastructure. 

Sewage Spilling To Middle River After Another Pipe Break In Fort Lauderdale

Jan 30, 2020
Joe Cavaretta / South Florida Sun Sentinel

Fort Lauderdale’s sewage problems continue to worsen with the city’s first pipe break of 2020.

Broken Water Main Brings Flooding And Boil Water Notice To Victoria Park

Jan 16, 2020
Joe Cavaretta / South Florida Sun Sentinel

Crews in Fort Lauderdale are working to repair a pipe break for the seventh time in the last month — but at least this time it isn’t sewage flooding the streets.

A contractor working in the area of Northeast Fourth Street and Seventh Avenue struck a 12-inch water main on Wednesday afternoon, which sent water flooding the streets of Victoria Park.

The City of Fort Lauderdale issued a precautionary boil water notice effective immediately to the properties in Northeast Second Street to Northeast Fifth Street between Northeast Seventh Avenue and Northeast Ninth Avenue.

Fort Lauderdale sewage
Caitie Switalski / WLRN

People were eager to hear Fort Lauderdale leaders' action plans in the aftermath of last month's sewage spills.  

City Mayor Dean Trantalis addressed more than 255 people in city hall during a town hall Thursday night. 

The topic: aging infrastructure and sewage. 

"I'm looking to see they have a plan in the first place and that the plan is solid," resident Juliette Rocque said.