Broward County

Fort Lauderdale is telling residents ‘prepare to be without water’ Thursday. Here’s why

Fort Lauderdale residents should prepare to be without water service for at least 24 hours starting at 7 a.m. Thursday, the city announced.

“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,” according to a statement. “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.”

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While there is still water service, the city is asking residents and businesses to use only if absolutely needed and turn off irrigation systems.

Fort Lauderdale also supplies water to several neighboring cities and areas, including Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, Oakland Park, Sea Ranch Lakes, Tamarac, Wilton Manors, parts of Davie, as well as Port Everglades.

Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue says it has tanker trucks on standby, should water be needed for fire fighting.

Those with questions can call the City of Fort Lauderdale’s 24-Hour Neighbor Service Center, 954-828-8000.

Since 1989, David J. Neal’s domain at the Miami Herald has expanded to include writing about Panthers (NHL and FIU), Dolphins, old school animation, food safety, fraud, naughty lawyers, bad doctors and all manner of breaking news. He drinks coladas whole. He does not work Indianapolis 500 Race Day.