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Mayor Dyer and OUC Encourage Customers to Limit Watering Lawns Immediately to Conserve Resources Needed to Treat COVID Patients

Aug 20, 2021

ORLANDO, Fla. – Our country’s continuing surge of unvaccinated COVID patients requiring hospitalization is resulting in the increased use of liquid oxygen. Healthcare providers use liquid oxygen in the respiratory treatment of COVID-19 patients, while OUC uses it as part of its water treatment process for ozone generation. Ozone is used to remove hydrogen sulfide, a naturally occurring compound that yields an unpleasant odor, from water pumped from the Lower Floridan Aquifer.

Today, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer called on our community to help avoid another potential crisis by immediately reducing water usage at our homes and at our businesses, including stopping lawn irrigation.

“It’s critical that we continue to work together and each one of us do our part, as we have done throughout this pandemic, to mitigate the impacts the virus continues to have on our community,” said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. “While this is another new challenge, I know that as a community, working together, we can overcome it with the help of our residents and businesses.” 

Limiting lawn irrigation, which accounts for nearly 40% of water use in Orlando, and any other unnecessary water usage is the most significant way to reduce water consumption, particularly during the rainy season.

“We are hoping we can partner with our customers to immediately lower non-essential water consumption,” said Linda Ferrone, Chief Customer and Marketing Officer, OUC. “If we are unable to reduce water demand, hospital needs continue and the supply remains limited, OUC water quality may be impacted. But, we believe that will not happen if everyone does their part to conserve water.”

OUC water customers are being asked to continue water conservation measures for at least two weeks.

Additional information and water conservation tips are available at

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