Orlando lifts water usage advisory, but still urges residents to be mindful

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ORLANDO, Fla. – After suffering a major water main break over the weekend, the city of Orlando on Tuesday lifted its water usage advisory to residents and businesses.

Orlando officials said its No. 1, 2 and 3 lift stations suffered the water main break on Sunday, causing an overflow of sewage into nearby lakes after Hurricane Ian brought record rain to the area.

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“This storm brought severe flooding to about a dozen of our residential neighborhoods like we’ve never witnessed in our lifetime and it’s created unprecedented impacts,” Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer said Monday during an update.

A city spokesperson said Tuesday that “progress on emergency repairs to the sanitary system continues to be made by our Public Works staff.”

The City of Orlando on Sunday urged residents to severely limit their water use after a major water main break overnight. The city said its No. 1, 2 and 3 lift stations suffered the main break around 2 a.m., causing an overflow of sewage into nearby lakes.

Despite the water usage advisory being lifted, the city is still asking residents and businesses to be mindful of water use.

“The high level of water in our wastewater system -- from the unprecedented rain and related groundwater intrusion -- will take much more time to recede to normal levels,” the city said.

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Brenda Argueta is a digital journalist who joined ClickOrlando.com in March 2021. She graduated from UCF and returned to Central Florida after working in Colorado.