Orange County

Orlando city officials ask residents to limit water usage following sewer issues

ORLANDO, Fla. — The City of Orlando is issuing an immediate water usage advisory as wastewater staff is conducting emergency repairs to return sewer service, due to sanitary sewer damage from Hurricane Ian.

According to a news release, at approximately 2 a.m., city Lift Stations 1, 2, and 3 were impacted after a 36-inch force main break caused an overflow of sewage in the surrounding lakes and streets.


City officials said residents should avoid bodies of water, including contact with standing water or use of any watercraft in lakes and streets.

All residents and businesses citywide should severely limit water usage on Sunday until Orlando officials lift this order.

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This includes refraining from the following as much as possible:

Flushing toilets

Doing laundry

Washing dishes

Taking showers/baths

Using irrigation systems

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This is not a boil-water notice and it is unclear how long these emergency repairs will take.

Initially, the advisor was expected to last until midday Sunday but that has changed several times and will be holding until further notice.

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