The mayor of Florida says he is saving water due to the COVID-19: NPR crash


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Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, seen in 2016, has asked residents to stop watering lawns and washing cars for at least a week, and the reason goes back to the increase in COVID-19 numbers.

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Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, seen in 2016, has asked residents to stop watering lawns and washing cars for at least a week, and the reason goes back to the increase in COVID-19 numbers.

Michael Conroy / AP

ORLANDO, Fla. – The mayor of the city of Orlando in Florida on Friday asked residents to stop watering lawns and washing cars, saying that it is necessary to reduce water consumption due to recent increase in hospitalizations due to COVID-19.

The Orlando Municipal Commission treats city water with liquid oxygen, and supplies that typically go to water treatment have been diverted to hospitals for patients suffering from the virus, Mayor Buddy Dyer said.

“We affirm that priority number 1 for liquid oxygen should be for hospitals,” Dyer told a news conference.

The city’s company usually goes through 10 trucks of liquid oxygen a week, but its supplier recently said it would be reduced to five to seven trucks a week to house hospitals, said Linda Ferrone, chief OUC officer and marketing officer.

About 40% of the communal commission’s drinking water is used for irrigation, so all voltages in the water supply will be significantly reduced if residents stop watering lawns, washing cars or using pressure washers, she said.

On your website, the utility said residents should be prepared to follow conservation measures for at least two weeks.

“We understand that this is drastic and unprecedented,” Ferrone said. “If it got worse, we’d have to look at the boiling water warning.”

Since the 1990s, the company has used liquid oxygen to remove the slight discoloration and odor of rotten eggs found naturally in Florida’s water supply.

Officials at one of the largest health systems in the Orlando area said this week that 1,620 patients with COVID-19 were hospitalized, twice as many as it was during the last winter peak for AdventHealth.

“Unfortunately, this is an unprecedented crisis,” said Dr. Vincent Hsu, executive director of infection prevention and epidemiologist at AdventHealth.


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