Florida mayor urges water limits because of COVID-19 surge

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In this June 26, 2016, file photo, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer addresses the the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Indianapolis. Dyer on Friday, Aug. 2021, asked residents to stop watering their lawns and washing their cars for a least a week, saying water usage needed to be cut back because of the recent surge of COVID-19 hospitalizations. The Orlando Utility Commission treats the city’s water with liquid oxygen and supplies that ordinarily go toward water treatment have been diverted to hospitals for patients suffering from the virus, Dyer said. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The mayor of Orlando is asking residents to stop watering their lawns and washing their cars for a least a week.

Mayor Buddy Dyer said Friday that water usage needed to be cut back because of the recent surge of COVID-19 hospitalizations.

The Orlando Utility Commission treats the city’s water with liquid oxygen and supplies that ordinarily go toward water treatment have been diverted to hospitals for patients suffering from the virus.

The city-owned utility typically goes through 10 trucks of liquid oxygen a week but its supplier recently said that could be cut back to five to seven trucks a week to accommodate hospitals.

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