Water conservation no longer pressing need in Lee County

FORT MYERS, Fla. No more piles of laundry and doing dishes by hand in Lee County.

Lee County Utilities has lifted its request for residents to conserve water after Hurricane Irma, county officials said Thursday.

Residents were advised not to use dishwashers or washing machines as part of that request, mirroring what Collier County residents were told. Collier ended its water conservation request Wednesday.

Those requests came as power outages compromised water treatment capabilities. Lee County Utilities maintains over 600 lift stations throughout its collection system and power has been restored to most of them, county officials said Thursday.

Still, three Fort Myers laundromats are offering free service Thursday.