Fort Lauderdale mayor seeks state, federal aid after 211M gallons of sewage leaks from pipes into streets, drinking water
More than 200 million gallons of toxic sewage - enough to fill 320 Olympic-sized swimming pools - spilled into Fort Lauderdale's waterways over the past three months due to breaks in the city's aging pipe system, according to a report Monday.
After the ninth and most recent break in the water main system since December, residents in the southern Florida coastal city last week were advised to boil water used for drinking, cooking and brushing their teeth for about nine days, the Miami Herald reported. A precautionary boil water notice, which took effect Feb. 8, was lifted Sunday when officials confirmed the water tested safe for use.
"Considering the extent of this pollution, we should be more than eligible for state and federal assistance," Mayor Dean Trantalis told the Sun-Sentinel. "We cannot suffer this burden alone."