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Water and Stormwater Tips

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Water Treatment, Distribution & Supply

  • Store a three to seven day supply of one gallon of drinking water per person per day. Additional water may be necessary for those with special needs (infants, children, seniors, ill family members and pets).
  • If water pressure is low or service has been temporarily interrupted, flush toilets as little as possible, do not hose driveways or wash cars, and turn off all sprinkler systems to conserve water after the storm.
  • To prevent flooding, make sure any storm drains located near your property are free of debris so water can drain freely.
  • Sign up to receive emergency telephone notifications through the City's CodeRED® system. In the event of an emergency, you will be called with important information regarding water, sanitation and other City operations. Sign up for CodeRED or call 954-828-8000 for assistance.
  • Report water main breaks and leaks, clogged storm drains or illegal dumping into the stormwater system by calling the City’s 24-hour Neighbor Service at 954-828-8000.

Precautionary Boil Water Notice

If the water treatment and distribution system loses pressure or is temporarily interrupted, the City of Fort Lauderdale, in consultation with the Broward County Health Department, may issue a Precautionary Boil Water Notice.  This means, as a precaution, all water used for drinking, cooking, or brushing teeth must be brought to a rolling boil for a minimum of one minute. 

Once water service has been restored to the affected area, the City’s Utilities staff will test the water.  The laboratory testing takes a minimum of 24 hours to complete. 

The precautionary boil water notice will remain in effect until all testing confirms that the water quality meets or exceeds all applicable drinking water standards. 

Once all water tests are acceptable, the City, in consultation with the Broward County Health Department, will issue another notification to lift the precautionary boil water notice, which means water no longer has to be boiled for drinking, cooking or brushing teeth.

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