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UPDATE: Around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, the City of Orlando discontinued its water usage advisory. Floor Waste Drain
"Progress on emergency repairs to the sanitary system continues to be made by our Public Works staff. Although we are no longer asking the community to limit water use, please be mindful of your water consumption to prevent treatment plants from being overwhelmed," the city wrote in a tweet.
Central Florida is still feeling the impacts of Hurricane Ian.
In Orlando, a water main break and several overwhelmed lift stations are causing serious problems. It is not a boil-water notice.
The city is begging people to severely cut back on how much water they use because the sewage system, including lift station 1, can't handle it right now.
Video below shows how the wastewater is overwhelming the wastewater treatment plant.
Orlando officials say a main broke Sunday, sending sewage into the lakes surrounding three lift stations, which pump sewer water into the treatment plants.
"We just have a problem with controlling that flow, and making sure we control what's coming in the lift stations, and we don't overflow on these lift stations," said Corey Knight, a City of Orlando Public Works representative.
City workers are trying to make emergency repairs to the system, while these lift stations are dealing with incredible amounts of water that have gotten into the system because of the hurricane.
Also, because of the sewage spills, Orlando says people should not get into any lakes, including using watercraft.
City officials say people should plan on doing it for the rest of the week until the repairs are done and some of the water gets flushed out.
Public Works hope the lift station will be less over-taxed if, at least for the next few days, city residents can ease up on everything from laundry to watering their lawns.
All residents and businesses should severely limit water usage until further notice.
This includes refraining from the following as much as possible:
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