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Cape Coral Canals

We’re full on into dry season and you may notice canals are getting lower and dryer.

No one will notice this more than the residents of Cape Coral.

“We have more canals in Cape Coral than the city of Venice, Italy” says Jeff

So, we talked to Jeff Pearson, the Utilities Director for the city of Cape Coral to learn about what the city is doing to upkeep the canals and the water flowing through the city.

“Last year we had a very severe drought. The Governor declared a state of emergency.” Said Jeff Pearson, “…we were able to get a permit to pump water out of a soon to be mined out aggregate mine out of Charlotte County… we were able to flow that water… into gator slough… which flows into the rest of our canal system.”

The current dry season isn’t as severe as it was before but that’s not stopping the city from trying to get more water into the canal system.

Public Works maintains the canal system in Cape Coral. According to a former employee of public works, the canals in the city rarely need to be dredged and when they do, it’s for navigational purposes. The cost that kind of dredging can vary wildly.

The water itself is maintained by people like Jeff in these kinds of facilities which are checked five days a week.

But what has to happen for a canal to dry up?

According to Jeff Pearson, “A drought we have never seen before. Last year was the only year where we had to go to one day a week watering and even then, we didn’t run out of water.”

If you ever see an issue with your canal or water supply contact Cape Coral Utilities or 311.

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