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Published on June 21, 2024
Fort Lauderdale Lifts Water Advisory Near Port Everglades, Declares Water Safe for RecreationSource: Unsplash/ Raphael Nogueira

Fort Lauderdale residents and visitors can breathe a sigh of relief as the City announces the lifting of the precautionary waterway advisory near Port Everglades. Implemented after an emergency effluent discharge earlier this month, the advisory affected a section of the Intracoastal Waterway that is now deemed safe for water-related activities. The boundaries of the previously restricted area span from SE 15 Street to Inlet Drive and from SE 20 Street to SE 23 Avenue.

On June 12, officials alerted the public of a necessary discharge from the George T. Lohmeyer Wastewater Treatment Plant, prompting a wave of water quality testing. According to the City of Fort Lauderdale's announcement, recent samples show that the water within the designated area now complies with Florida's rigorous surface water standards. Residents and tourists are once again welcome to engage in swimming, fishing, jet-skiing, and other aquatic pursuits without concern.

This comes as a timely update for the community, especially as the summer months invite an uptick in outdoor and water-based activities. The lift of the advisory is a clear signal that the city's water management and monitoring systems are capable of addressing potential health and safety issues swiftly. In an effort to keep the public informed and safe, the city officials continue to encourage enrollment in the Alert FTL program, a free service that delivers emergency information via phone, text, or email.

For those who have questions or require further details regarding water safety and the advisory lift, Fort Lauderdale's Customer Service Center remains at the disposal. Interested parties are invited to call 954-828-8000 or email [email protected] for more information. Meanwhile, the city's proactive communication through Alert FTL ensures residents have the up-to-date information they need to make informed decisions about their recreational activities.

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