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Irma impacts FGUA systems statewide

September 13, 2017
Special to THE CITIZEN ( , Lehigh Acres Citizen

The Florida Governmental Utility Authority was significantly affected statewide by Hurricane Irma.

In total, approximately 18,000 customers in eight counties have lost service due to power outages, water main breaks or are under a precautionary boil water notice advisory after service was restored.

The FGUA has contacted local electric utilities to advise of service outages and ensure expedition of restoration of power to its facilities. It is also working to restore service due to broken water mains or equipment caused by the inclement weather.

In Lehigh Acres, there was a service outage at 305 Coolidge Ave. Currently, a boil water notice has been issued for 10,513 affected customers. Officials reported today that service is being restored.

With a boil water notice, the FGUA advises that all water used for drinking or cooking be boiled. A rolling boil for a period of one minute is sufficient to ensure the water is free of possible bacteria or viruses. Alternatively, bottled water may be used.

Once water service is restored, water samples are taken to a Florida Department of Health-certified laboratory and will be rescinded once samples indicate the water is safe to drink, typically 48 hours after the samples are collected.

All current outages and notices will be available on the website at:

Lehigh customers with questions may contact the local office at 239-368-1615.

Source: Florida Governmental Utility Authority



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