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Monday, 08/23/2021 3:41:35 PM

Monday, August 23, 2021 3:41:35 PM

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Orlando Mayor urges residents to limit water usage because liquid oxygen used by treatment plants is being diverted to hospitals to treat COVID-19 patients

• Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer asked residents to stop watering lawns and washing cars for a least a week, and the reason tracks back to the COVID-19 surge
• Dyer explained that many COVID-19 patients require liquid oxygen for their treatment, helping them breathe easier
• Nationally and locally the demand for liquid oxygen is high as COVID-19 has surged and many have not been vaccinated
• Dyer said there could be impacts to the water quality if the city doesn't reduce the amount of water it needs to treat
• If the shortage due to COVID-19 gets even worse, that could lead to a citywide boil order

PUBLISHED: 17:35 EDT, 22 August 2021 | UPDATED: 22:09 EDT, 22 August 2021