Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis at a press conference that the 42-inch water pipeline was damaged on Wednesday by a subcontractor working to repair electrical lines near Florida's Power & Light Executive Airport.
The teams responded immediately. , but as they worked, the damaged pipe collapsed, forcing the city to turn off the water flow, said Trantalis.
"Urban crews are working as fast as they can to restore the service," said Trantalis. "If everything goes well we could restore the service until tonight."
The water supply handed water from the drilling of the city to Peter's purification station, the mayor said.
Another wastewater treatment plant still produces water, but with much less capacity with limited capabilities to serve the city and its inhabitants, said Deputy Governor Rob Hernandez. Approximately 220,000 customers are affected.
Officials work together on three different solutions to restore water supplies, the mayor added, but city authorities want residents to be prepared. In the meantime, emergency procedures have been established, said Trantalis, and has three designated locations for residents in need of bottled water: The 33st Avenue Beach Center, Mills Pond Park on the Northwest 9th Avenue and Riverland Southwest 27th Avenue.