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UPDATE: City of Orlando lifts LAKE ALERT for Lake Orlando

Dec. 22, 2021: The Lake Alert for Lake Orlando has been lifted and the posted signs are being removed today. Please resume all normal water activities associated with this lake.

(Original Lake Alert below.)

To address citizen concerns related to water quality, the Stormwater Section has developed a public information system, "Lake Alert," to provide seasonal and localized warnings (and updates) for City of Orlando lakes. An announcement has been provided below regarding the lake(s) where water quality has been a concern:

Type of water quality concern: Possible elevated E coli counts due to a sanitary sewer overflow.
Location: Near Intersection of N Lake Orlando Pkwy and Cinderlane Pkwy
Cause: Bypass pump malfunction
Overflow Amount: Approximately 6,000 gallons escaped, approximately half was recaptured

City Response: City Water Reclamation crews stopped the overflow and recaptured approximately half of the sanitary waste. The City has issued the Alert as a precaution in the chance that the bacteria counts may be elevated in the lake. City Stormwater personnel will be taking bacteria samples at the lake to measure the potential impact of the spill. Once bacteria counts meet acceptable State water quality standards, updates will be sent via email, to the City's Lake Alert website, and the Lake Alert Hotline phone number. In addition, Warning Signs were posted around Lake Orlando today.

As a health precaution, the City is advising that all water contact activities cease until further notice.

Public Notification – Please continue to call the Lake Alert number, 407.246.2220, for the most up-to-date information regarding your lake. During weekdays, the City's Lake Alert website, will also have the latest information.

For further information regarding the sewer discharge, please contact Chancey Springstead, Wastewater Compliance Program Manager, at For water quality questions, please contact Lisa Lotti, Stormwater Compliance Manager, at