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UPDATE: Orlando rescinds alert for Lake Lucerne (east lobe)

LIFTED: Lake Alert for Lake Lucerne

The Lake Alert for Lake Lucerne has been lifted. Please resume all normal water activities associated with this lake.

Original Lake Alert, issued 6/7/2021:

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 (and updates) 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: Near S Orange Avenue and S Lucerne Circle E (East Lobe) – MAP

Cause: Faulty air release valve

City Response: On June 7, 2021, the City was notified by the contractor that a new air release valve (ARV) malfunctioned on a City sewer line and approximately 75–100 gallons of wastewater entered the stormwater system and, ultimately, Lake Lucerne. To keep the wastewater contained, the contractor installed barriers and sand bags on the eastern portion of Lake Lucerne to prevent any impacts downstream. Warning signs were placed along the east lobe of Lake Lucerne.

As a health precaution, the City is advising that irrigation cease and fishermen refrain using this portion of Lake Lucerne until further notice. 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.

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 water quality questions, please contact Lisa Lotti, Stormwater Compliance Program Manager, at