By the Sun-Sentinel – The city of Fort Lauderdale has issued a boil water advisory for several area municipalities and neighborhoods after an untreated water sample at one of South Florida’s water source wells tested positive for E. coli bacteria, officials said.
The order was issued late Saturday and remains in effect until further notice.
In addition to the city of Fort Lauderdale, the advisory pertains to Oakland Park, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, Port Everglades Authority, Village of Sea Ranch Lakes, Wilton Manors and sections of Davie and Tamarac east of State Road 7.
The advisory will remain in effect until the state officials review and approve test results, which is expected to be Monday, Little said.
The E. coli reading resulted from a routine test conducted Friday prior to treatment at a “certified and closely monitored water treatment facility,” according to a press release from city spokesman Matt Little.
A sample also was taken from the finished water from the Fiveash Treatment Plant on Friday and was incubated for 24 hours. The finished water results tested negative for E. coli on Saturday, Little said.
The source well where E. coli was found was immediately taken out of service, Little said. It is being flushed, retested and reevaluated, he said, and results will be provided to the Department of Health.
Customers are advised not to use the water before bringing it to a boil for one minute. Bottled water is a good alternative, Little said.
The precautionary boil water order was recommended by the state, according to Little.