Water main break causes partial water outage in 3 Broward County cities

Water main break reported Friday morning in Fort Lauderdale

By Amanda Batchelor - Senior Digital Editor, Todd Tongen - Anchor/Reporter

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - A water main break caused a partial water outage in three cities in Broward County, officials said Friday.

According to Broward County spokesman Rick Barrick, the water main break was reported in the area of Northwest Second Avenue and 66th Street in Fort Lauderdale. The break was caused by an independent private contractor working in the area. 

Oakland Park Water officials confirmed the issue is affecting some in their city whose water is serviced by Broward County and not the city of Oakland Park.

Barrick said about 4,000 customers are affected in parts of Fort Lauderdale, Oakland Park and Pompano Beach. 

Some business owners in Oakland Report told Local 10 News reporter Todd Tongen they are losing money because of the water outage.

"Unfortunately, a restaurant here that is normally packed with all locals and regulars -- I have nobody in here," Garden Café owner Aneesh Lakhani said. "We're not able to open this morning for a lot of different reasons, obviously without having water."

Lakhani said the absence of the breakfast and lunch-hour rush cost him about $2,000 to $3,000.

Over at Salon 51, the hairstylists said they are doing their best to service customers.

"We have been buying jugs of water to try and help us out here. It is not easy," Dee Dee Coughlin said. "I don't know what we are going to do about doing colors, but we are doing the best we can."

According to a news release from Broward County Water and Wastewater Services, the water main break is expected to be repaired by Friday night.

Officials said a precautionary boil water advisory will go into effect once water is restored. All water used for drinking, cooking, making ice, brushing teeth or washing dishes should be boiled for a minute. Bottled water may also be used.

Officials said the boil water order will be lifted once a bacteriological survey shows the water is safe to consume.

Below is a list of the affected areas:

  • The affected area is bounded on the west by the Seaboard Coast Line Railroad, on the north by McNab Road and on the south by East Prospect Road.
  • If you are north of Commercial Boulevard, the affected area is bordered on the east by North Dixie Highway.
  • If you are south of Commercial Boulevard, the affected area is bordered on the east by Northeast Sixth Avenue.

 

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