Miramar residents concerned about sewage spill, water conditions after Irma

Angry and frustrated about water conditions Miramar residents gathered Monday on the banks of a canal at the Canalin Country Club Ranches.

Residents say the canal, which sits off Southwest 132nd Avenue and Miramar Parkway, has a high concentration of dangerous bacteria after a sewer line broke when a tree was knocked over during Hurricane Irma.

During the past two weeks, thousands of gallons of raw sewage have spilled into the canal.

Residents fear that the water from the canal may have spilled into their well water.

"We have well water and we have to drink it and bathe in it," Gene Heagney said. 

Crews from the city were sent in last week to fix the ruptured line. 

The city said the water is safe and have distributed flyers containing test results to residents.

But several residents have commissioned their own tests by using an independent lab.

The result of those tests contradict the city's results. City members were not present at Monday's meeting. 

"It wasn't a big surprise when we found out that as far as the canal is concerned " Michael Kaufman said. "This is a very dangerous canal." 

Residents are demanding a City Hall meeting in order to discuss those findings. 

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