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UPDATE: Lake Alert LIFTED for Orlando’s Lake Formosa and Lake Rowena

The advisory issued by FDOH on September 20, 2019 for Lake Olivia has been lifted.

From City of Orlando:

November 27,2019 - LIFTED: Lake Alert for Lake Formosa and Lake Rowena

The Lake Alert for Lake Formosa and Lake Rowena has been lifted. Please resume all normal water activities associated with the lake.

The original alert appears below:

From the City of Orlando's Streets and Stormwater Section

To address citizen concerns related to water quality, the Stormwater Section has developed a public information system, "Lake Alert," to provide seasonal and localized warnings for City of Orlando lakes. An announcement has been provided below regarding the lake(s) where water quality has been a concern.

Type of water quality concern: Possible elevated E. coli counts due to a sanitary sewer overflow from a private lift station

Location: S Lake Formosa Avenue, near the intersection of Haven Drive
Cause: Valve pipe failure at a private sanitary lift station. Estimated sanitary waste discharge amount is 4,000 gallons; an estimated 1,200 gallons entered the stormwater system that leads into Lake Formosa.
City Response: Private contractors have repaired the lift station. In an effort to collect as much contaminated water as possible, the responding crew is recovering 12,000 gallons of sanitary waste and stormwater from the area. The affected ground surface areas have been sanitized. Warning signs will be placed around both lakes.

Out of a preponderance of caution, the City of Orlando has also issued a Lake Alert for Lake Rowena, situated immediately downstream of Lake Formosa.

Furthermore, the City is advising that water contact activities associated with Lake Formosa and Lake Rowena cease until further notice, including irrigation. City Stormwater personnel will collect water samples on a routine basis. Once E. coli counts drop to acceptable State Water Quality Standards, the Lake Alert Hotline number and the City's Lake Alert website will be updated.

Public Notification – Please continue to call the Lake Alert number, 407.246.2220, for the most up-to-date information regarding your lake. During weekdays, the City's Lake Alert website, will also have the latest information.

For further information regarding the sewer discharge, please contact Chancey Springstead, Water Reclamation Environmental Supervisor, at For water quality questions, please contact Lisa Lotti, Stormwater Compliance Manager, at