Fort Myers is having a water crisis.
Low water pressure affects not only homes but also schools, including the ability to flush toilets.
Now, some relief may be on the way.
Fort Myers Mayor Kevin Anderson said if all goes well, those problems could be fixed next week with the help of Lee County.
The county has agreed to sell water to the city at 1.5 million gallons a day for up to 150 days.
The city needs state approval to do that.
“I’m so ashamed of the city we’ve reached to this point,” Anderson said.
Anderson said the city was not slow to respond.
“Once it came to our attention, we started looking at what our options were, unfortunately there was no short-term solution,” says Anderson.
Low water pressure is also affecting nearby schools.
“It’s important that we alleviate these problems,” said Superintendent Ken Savage of Lee County schools.
To remedy this situation, Fort Myers and the Lee County School District are coming together to agree that the city will drill wells at Dunbar High and Ray B. Pottorf Elementary Schools.
The wells will be off controlled school property.
Frederick Ross, the school district’s chief operating officer, explained at this week’s Fort Myers city council meeting that some of the problems stem from not having a lot of snowbirds going up north.
“Last season, there weren’t as many snowbirds coming home as usual and the water used up a bit more than the city is used to for them,” said Ross.
Ross said the well project could take 87 days and then another 10 to 12 months to install the well.
As for the city’s growth, Anderson said he doesn’t think it’s growing too fast.
“We just need to make sure we manage and we execute smart growth. If the city has to anticipate this, by all means,” he said.
Anderson said he’s grateful the county is willing to help.
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