Why Fort Myers and parts Lee County are still under boil water notices

Reporter: Peter Fleischer Writer: Matthew Seaver
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Boil Water

A boil water notice is still in place for people living in Fort Myers and parts of Lee County, and it has residents wondering why it is taking so long for the water to be safe.

There are a few reasons why a boil water notice is issued. Particularly after a hurricane, they are issued so that utilities can make sure that the water system is operating properly and that the water pressure is at optimal levels.

Alongside that, the water has to be tested to make sure it is clean enough to safe for drinking, cooking, and other uses that could make you sick if it was not boiled first.

Fort Myers remains under a boil water advisory because the above criteria are still being explored or have not been deemed acceptable.

WINK News visited two water plants in Lee County on Monday, and the people there are working to get the water back to being safe without boiling, but as of Monday, October 10, there is no set date for when that will be.

Lee County Utilities has rescinded a precautionary boil water Notice for 99% of the Lee County Utilities service area.

A Boil Water Notice remains in place for the Town & River neighborhood at McGregor and Cypress Lake Drive, North Trail RV along Old Orange River Blvd., all of Siesta Isles, which includes Siesta Drive, Cutlass Drive, Deep Passage Lane, and Old Pelican Bay Drive.

In the remainder of the Lee County Utilities service area, bacterial testing has shown the drinking water is safe, and residents may now resume the usual use of their water without the need to boil it.

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