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Posted on: September 10, 2017

City Asks Residents To Conserve Water During Hurricane and Recovery Period

Glass of Water

FORT MYERS, FL (September 10, 2017) – The City of Fort Myers is requesting that residents and businesses practice responsible water conservation for the remainder of the Hurricane Irma emergency and during the recovery period.

Power outages like those experienced during Hurricane Irma create limiting conditions at water treatment plants. Outages can also disrupt activity at the lift stations that are used to send wastewater to treatment plants.  These lift stations can overflow and even back up when overused during an emergency.

The City’s Public Works department encourages a number of responsible water conservation practices:

  • Please limit toilet flushing
  • If you need to take a shower, make it brief. 
  • Do not run the dishwasher or your clothes washing machine
  • Make sure your automatic sprinklers are turned off

By conserving water, citizens will ensure that all of Fort Myers will have water and wastewater service through the emergency and recovery periods.

Citizens with questions about their water service may call the City call center at 239-321-8100.  Residents are asked to reserve use of 9-1-1 for life safety emergencies only.  General information about the Hurricane emergency, shelters, and recovery efforts can call the 2-1-1 Help Line by dialing 2-1-1 or 239-433-3900.  United Way 2-1-1 staff will assist by providing information from the Lee County Operations Center.  The 2-1-1 Help Line is operational 24 hours a day. 

The City will continue to prepare for local recovery from Hurricane Irma and issue more updates.

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