FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Employees at various Broward County restaurants woke up extra early Monday morning to boil water before getting a start on preparing meals for the day.
The city of Fort Lauderdale upgraded its boil water advisory to a boil water warning on Sunday, and it not only affects businesses, but households as well.
On Saturday, the city tested a sample from a ground water well which tested positive for E. coli.
Aside from Fort Lauderdale, the warning also affects those in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, Oakland Park, Wilton Manors, Sea Ranch Lakes, Davie and Tamarac.
City officials are urging everyone in the affected areas to either use bottled water or boil water for at least a minute and let it sit before using it.
Boiling water kills the bacteria and the organisms within the water. While a separate sample did come back negative for E. coli, authorities say it's better to be safe than sorry.
The precautionary boil water order was recommended by the state, and the advisory will remain in effect until state officials review and approve test results. The results are expected to be released sometime on Monday.
For more information, please contact The city of Fort Lauderdale, Customer Operations Center at 954-828-8000. General guidelines on ways to lessen the risk of infection by microbes are available from the Environmental Protection Agency's safe drinking water hotline at 1-800-426-4791.
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