Broward’s boil water advisory lifted
06/15/2013 1:08 PM
06/15/2013 5:23 PM
A four-day boil water warning in Broward County was lifted Saturday afternoon, after days of testing water samples came up clean.
The boil-water order was first issued Wednesday morning, after a routine monthly test found E. coli bacteria in one of eight county wells that supplies water to Hallandale Beach, Hollywood, Dania Beach, West Park, Pembroke Park, Pembroke Pines, Miramar, parts of Davie and unincorporated South Broward County.
More than 87,000 water customers were affected.
Residents and businesses had to use bottled water or boil their tap water, even for common needs like making coffee and brushing their teeth.
The contaminated well, five feet under the ground in Brian Piccolo Park in Cooper City, was retested and came up clean two days in a row.
Meanwhile, the well has been cut off from the county’s water system until the Broward Health Department knows exactly what caused the problem.
“At this point in time, all we’ve done is mechanically and electrically disconnected it,” said Terry Karda, operations director for Broward County Water and Wastewater. “We’ll have to wait for the inspection next week to find out more.”
The working theory is the well probably picked up the bacterium when heavy rains flooded parts of Broward County last Friday, he said.
The raw groundwater in the well would have been filtered, cleaned and chlorinated in the county’s treatment plants before it was pumped out to local homes and businesses, Karda said, but the county issued the boil-water order as a precaution.
Oops, you haven't selected any newsletters. Please check the box next to one or more of our email newsletters and submit again.
Oops, you didn't provide a valid email address. Please double-check the email field and submit again.
Join the Discussion
Miami Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.