Pembroke Pines water safe to drink, latest test results show

Mayor says he drinks water every day

PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. – The latest test results for the drinking water in Pembroke Pines were released Wednesday, showing that the water is now safe to drink.

Residents have been concerned about the quality of the tap water since it first came to light that it failed to meet state standards last November.

"I drink it every day," Pembroke Pines Mayor Frank Ortis said.

Ortis said he also cooks with the tap water and serves it up at his aptly-named, "Mayor's Café."

"I've always said the water is fine in Pembroke Pines," Ortis said.

But not all residents were comfortable with the drinking water in Pembroke Pines.

"Everybody thinks of Flint," one resident said outside a commission meeting. "And it's like, wait a minute. What's going on? So we decided we better get over here and see what it is."

The independent firm hired to test the city's water is now in the process of acquiring the company that handles public works for the city, making some worry about a potential conflict of interest.

"It's an unbiased report. I've been in the water business for 30 years," Chandra Mysore, of Jacobs Engineering, said.

Mysore said he just learned of the potential deal, himself, and said the testing results were submitted last week.

"They're implementing a lot of changes we have recommended, so it should be fine," Mysore said.
A 2016 sample taken by the state showed dangerous levels of a chemical used to disinfect water for drinking.

"That was one test out of all the six testing places," Ortis said.

Prolonged exposure to that chemical at high levels can cause health problems and even cancer.

At the time, the city sent a letter to residents, saying the water was safe and claiming that the results were skewed because of the timing of the test -- right after a system maintenance procedure.

"It sounded scary, but I came today and I don't feel scared anymore," one resident said about the latest test results.


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