Reclaimed Water Service to Beach and Island Estates Restored
CLEARWATER - Reclaimed water service has been restored to Clearwater Beach and Island Estates. On Thursday, July 22, the reclaimed water line was pressure-tested and flushed to ensure that debris and air was expelled from the system, and the line is fully operational once again. The interruption in service happened when an 18-inch subaqueous reclaimed water line main was accidentally hit by a contractor on Friday, July 9, resulting in an interruption in reclaimed water service to customers in the Island Estates and Clearwater Beach areas.
City of Clearwater representatives met on Friday, July 16, with Meisner Marine, the contractor building the downtown boat slips project. The contractor inspected the damaged area of the line and worked with the city to fix it. Special materials that were needed for the underwater repair were ordered, and Public Utilities staff prepared the line and cleaned out the pipe prior to installation.
Repairs to the underwater pipeline were completed and service was restored within 14 days. While no utility can guarantee uninterruptible service, the City of Clearwater has maintained an admirable record of providing reliable reclaimed water service.
While the City of Clearwater regrets the recent service interruption, utility accounts of affected customers will not be credited. City Code Sections 32.369 and 32.370 specifically address interruptions to reclaimed water service and the City's responsibility. Fortunately, the Tampa Bay area has received substantial rainfall recently, due to the rainy season, which helped to keep Clearwater lawns and landscaping watered. For more information, call (727) 526-4600.
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