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Another Water Main Break, Another Boil Order In Fort Lauderdale

May 25, 2020
City of Fort Lauderdale

A water main break in Rio Vista forced city officials to send out a boil-water order to nearby properties on Sunday — one of four issued in neighborhoods around Fort Lauderdale in less than two weeks.

Fort Lauderdale plans to spend $600 million over the next five years fixing and replacing the city’s underground network of aging water and sewer pipes. The total tally will come to at least $1.4 billion over the next 20 years, experts say.

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.

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.

Michael Laughlin / South Florida Sun Sentinel

The building boom in full swing in Fort Lauderdale might just hit a wall as city leaders struggle to contain a never-ending series of sewer pipe breaks.

Critics of the city’s ongoing development spurt have been calling for a moratorium for years. Developers have been just as outspoken in opposing what they call a drastic measure that would have dire effects on the city’s tax base.

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.

Susan Stocker / South Florida Sun Sentinel

The staggering number of sewer main breaks that hit Fort Lauderdale in December turned into one of South Florida’s biggest sewage spills ever: 126.9 million gallons.

That’s a mind-numbing amount of human waste, enough to fill 192 Olympic-sized pools. Some of it wound up in streets, parks and lawns, but the bulk of it wound up in the Tarpon River, where it was pumped to keep sewage from seeping into homes.

MIKE STOCKER / South Florida Sun Sentinel

The toxic stew that’s been bubbling up on the thoroughfares of Fort Lauderdale is more than just a noxious, stinking mess.

It can kill you. Chances are it won’t, but the bacteria, parasites and viruses stirring in that toxic stew can still make you very sick, experts warn.

Hundreds of residents have been forced to watch their step as toxic sludge seeped from six sewer main breaks in Fort Lauderdale neighborhoods from Rio Vista to Victoria Park and Coral Ridge.

This Time It’s Two: More Sewer Pipes Break In Fort Lauderdale

Dec 31, 2019
(Jennifer Lett / South Florida Sun Sentinel

Fort Lauderdale residents just can’t catch a break with their sewage woes, with two more pipes breaking in the city Monday.

That makes six pipes that have ruptured in the city in December.

The recent rash of sewer breaks is going to force the city to move faster on fixing its aging water and sewer pipes, said Commissioner Heather Moraitis, who represents the Coral Ridge area. “We just need to double up our efforts, if not triple up our efforts — if that’s possible,” Moraitis said.

Joe Cavaretta / South Florida Sun Sentinel

The sewer main breaks keep on coming, leaving many on edge, wondering when and where the next one will hit.

Fort Lauderdale, a city with a crumbling network of sewer and water pipes, has rushed to contain four major sewage spills in just 18 days.

“It’s still smelly,” said Pam Works-McCarthy, a Rio Vista homeowner who left town for New Year’s, weary from all the mess. “It could happen anywhere. It is what it is. They’re still fishing flotsam and jetsam out of the river. And I’m happy I’m not there.”

AMY BETH BENNETT / South Florida Sun Sentinel

There’s been another sewer main break in Fort Lauderdale - this one in the 1600 block of Northeast Fifth Street in Victoria Park.

City spokesman Chaz Adams said the break happened at about 7:30 a.m. Friday. He said crews are on site to coordinate the emergency repair.

They warned people in the area to avoid standing water and are asking motorists to seek an alternative route.

Susan Stocker / South Florida Sun Sentinel

Residents of the Rio Vista neighborhood in Fort Lauderdale woke up Wednesday to a much-anticipated holiday gift: The leak that has been pouring thousands of gallons of sewage every minute into the Tarpon River for more than two weeks has stopped.

City officials said that “during the overnight hours, crews were able to successfully activate a 36-inch bypass line. Sewage flow is now being diverted around the damaged section of the 54-inch pipe and is fully contained in the system.”


First it was raw sewage threatening the homes of Rio Vista, a neighborhood still recovering from a series of sewer line breaks. Now it’s flooding from an overnight deluge.

A stellar rainstorm soaked South Florida hours before dawn Monday. Several neighborhood streets flooded across the region, but the residents of Rio Vista worry the water might be tainted with toxic sewage.

Rain by the bucket fell from the sky, flooding a few homes and several cars.

Amy Beth Bennett / Sun Sentinel

It’s never a good time to have sewage flowing through the streets. But three back-to-back sewer main breaks have cast a toxic and smelly shadow over Fort Lauderdale’s Rio Vista neighborhood at one of the worst times ever — right before the holidays.