Water pressure problems persist for the City of Fort Myers



Neighbors in the Fort Myers residential area are living with worsening water conditions.

Water pressure in Ward 6, the eastern part of the city, is not good.

City leaders are planning an action.

The city is working on options ranging from booster pumps to expanding water capacity.

Low water pressure is just one of the latest problems neighboring countries have had to deal with over the past few years.

Mary Stalvey’s water looks brown in her McGregor Reserve home in 2020.

But now it’s crystal clear.

Stalvey had to buy a whole new filtration system for his house.

The city refunded her.

“You don’t realize how important clean water is until you don’t have it and I feel like we’re spoiled because we just expected it. And that’s not always the case,” says Stavey.

For Mike Hodgins, the problem is not water quality but quantity.

“I went to friends and neighbors’ houses to shower when we were out for dinner or when we were going somewhere special,” Hodgins said.

While he and his wife tried their best with what they had, it was still difficult.

“This is our dream. Thirty years we’ve been talking about this. We are not rich. We saved; We have a budget. We bought what was affordable,” said Hodgins. “In the past million years, we have never thought to ask about water.”

Mike Hodgins said Fort Myers Mayor Kevin Anderson called him earlier this week after Hodgins spoke out during a city council meeting about his water issues.

That gave him hope, Hodgins said, that things will improve in the future.

Fort Myers City Council member Darla Bonk told WINK News there is about $13 million in COVID-19 stimulus funding available to the city.

If that happens, Bonk hopes to convince the council to use the full amount for water issues and applicable projects.

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