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The Wastewater Collection program provides for safe collection and transmission
of wastewater through the City's underground sewer mains, collectors and
interceptor lines. The purpose of the Wastewater division is to maintain
the collection system in such a manner that protects the public safety,
health and the environment.
The City of Clearwater has over 390 miles of gravity wastewater lines,
36 miles of wastewater force mains, over 8,500 manholes and clean outs,
and 77 wastewater pump stations. This system collects the wastewater from
residential areas and businesses, transporting it to the City's 3 wastewater
The City employs 35 people to maintain the wastewater collection system,
through general maintenance and emergency situations, 24 hours a day.
We maintain the system in the following ways:
- GRAVITY SYSTEM GENERAL MAINTENANCE
Vac Con truck cleaning main lines by high-pressure water jetting and vacuum extraction.
- SPECIAL MAINTENANCE
A remotely controlled CCTV is used to inspect the sewer mains.
The camera control room is setup inside a truck, for quick access of problem areas.
- GENERAL MAINTENANCE ON PUMP STATIONS City staff maintains electrical
and mechanical system at the City's 77 wastewater pump stations. Stations
are monitored by radio system that constantly sends information on the
station's performance to the division's main computer.
- TELEMETRY REPAIRS Electricians maintain the telemetry equipment used
to monitor the status of the pump stations and ensure the accuracy of the data collected.
Help us keep your plumbing bills, and possible rate increases down by observing the following:
- No grease down the drains. (Cooking oils, fats, etc..)
- No motor oils down drains. (This is illegal; take oil to a collection site.)
- No egg shells down disposals or drains. Dispose of these in solid waste bins.
- No kitty litter or coffee grounds down disposals or drains. These gritty materials sink, causing blockages in the line.