Drinking Water Advisory Issued for Florida's Port Everglades
The City of Fort Lauderdale recently issued an important drinking water warning after E. coli was detected in a sample of one of its ground water wells over the weekend.
The affected areas included Port Everglades, one of the busiest cruise ports in the world and thus a destination bustling with tourists.
"Our water system recently detected a fecal indicator, E. coli, in one of our ground water wells," stated the City of Fort Lauderdale in the warning found on Port Everglades' official website Monday. "Areas covered by the precautionary advisory: the City of Fort Lauderdale, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, Oakland Park, Port Everglades Authority, Village of Sea Ranch Lakes, Wilton Manors and sections of Davie and Tamarac."
To combat the threat, the city announced that the well in question had been disconnected. After flushing the well, officials will retest and reevaluate it.
"We anticipate resolving the problem within 24 hours," the city stated.
In the meantime, residents and tourists alike were warned to only use bottled water or water that has been boiled for at least one minute, as the process kills any bacteria living in the water.
As of Tuesday morning, the advisory no longer appeared on the port's website.
Port Everglades, which ranks second among cruise ports worldwide and is home to more cruise ships than any other port, contributes significantly to the economy in Fort Lauderdale and surrounding Broward County, Florida, bringing in billions of dollars and sustaining hundreds of thousands of jobs, it's website states.
The port, which is utilized by nine different cruise lines and nearly for dozen total cruise ships, hosted more than four million passengers in 2014.
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