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UPDATE: Orlando lifts alert for Turkey Lake

LIFTED: Lake Alert for Turkey Lake The Lake Alert for Turkey Lake has been lifted. Please resume all normal water activities associated with the lake.


Original alert below

To address citizen concerns related to water quality, the Streets and Stormwater Division 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

Location: Lake Debra Drive, on the NE corner of Turkey Lake

City Response: On February 15, 2021, City Water Reclamation staff was notified of an ongoing sanitary overflow occurring from a Private sanitary sewer system. An estimated 2,450 gallons was spilled. The staff is working to assist the private owner in containing this overflow. Warning signs will be placed along the lakefront on February 15, 2021.

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

Please continue to call the Lake Alert number, 407.246.2220, for the most up-to-date information regarding your lake.

For further information regarding the sewer discharge, please contact Athena Tipaldos, Water Reclamation Compliance Program Manager, at athena.tipaldos@orlando.gov.

For water quality questions, please contact Lisa Lotti, Stormwater Compliance Program Manager, at lisa.lotti@orlando.gov.