Broward County

Sewer line repair progress in Fort Lauderdale

Map showing the area in which the City of Fort Lauderdale advises no water-related activities
Map showing the area in which the City of Fort Lauderdale advises no water-related activities

Repairs to the sewer line main break in downtown Fort Lauderdale were scheduled to be done Saturday while another, similar break in George English Park won’t be fixed until early next week, the City of Fort Lauderdale stated Friday evening.

The city says the George English Park break requires a special part to connect the repaired 14-inch pipe to the 42-inch sewer main. The part was apparently not available at Home Depot and so won’t be put in until early next week.

The first water tests on the inland waterways will be done Saturday. Until tests come back with a satisfactory result, the advisory to avoid water-related activities — swimming, boating, fishing — remains in place for the area bordered by 38th Street to the north; Interstate 595/Port Everglades to the south; Interstate 95 to the west; and the Intracoastal Waterway to the east.

Nothing in the advisory addresses drinking, cooking or brushing teeth with the water in the area — although boiling water for those uses wouldn’t be a bad idea.

George English Lake, Himmarshee Canal and all City of Fort Lauderdale public boat launches remain closed.

David J. Neal: 305-376-3559, @DavidJNeal

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