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Lee County identifies water line break in Fort Myers Beach

By Nathan Mayberg - Editor | Apr 16, 2021

Lee County Utilities identified a drinking water line break on Fort Myers Beach in March, Lee County Government has confirmed.

Lee County Government spokesperson Timothy Engstrom said on Friday that Lee County Utilities “has been working with the Fort Myers Beach staff to isolate and relocated it to avoid future leaks. There have been no interruptions or impacts to customer services. The damaged line is located in the bay near Moss Marina. It appears it was damaged by a vessel dragging over it during low tide. We anticipate the new line will be operational by April 30.”

The leak is from one of two service lines Lee County Utilities uses to supply drinking water to Fort Myers Beach. Lee County Utilities has been assessing and working on a solution since at least March 29. A small rupture was reported in one of the two service lines, according to Lee County Government spokesperson Betsy Clayton.

Neither town or county officials have provided any indications that the town’s drinking water is currently at risk.

Town of Fort Myers Beach Manager Roger Hernstadt said it was his impression that the pipe has been repaired and that the work was either done or near completion. The repair work affected a small portion of the northern part of town which was under a boil water advisory during the time of the repair, Hernstadt said.