Fort Lauderdale, Florida – The town of Fort Lauderdale in Florida has suffered wastewater discharges of more than 800.9 million liters (211.6 million gallons) in recent months, authorities said on Sunday.
That volume would allow 320 Olympic pools to be filled, according to the Sun-Sentinel.
The city’s aged sewer system broke down six times in December and dumped 126.9 million gallons of sewage, one of the worst spills ever recorded in South Florida. The spills contaminated the Tarpon River, the Himmarshee Canal and streets in three neighborhoods.RELATED
In addition, between January 30 and February 8, another 79.3 million gallons were dumped into Lake George English, according to the state Department of Environmental Protection. And another 5.4 million gallons then flooded the streets near a park in front of a popular shopping center.
In recent weeks, repair teams had to go urgently for a series of broken pipes, forcing the city to warn people to boil tap water before drinking, brushing their teeth or washing dishes.