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City to Break Ground on Second Reverse Osmosis Water Treatment Plant

4/29/2013 12:43:46 PM

Contact: Senior Professional Engineer, (727) 562-4827

For Immediate Release

April 29, 2013

City to Break Ground on Second Reverse Osmosis Water Treatment Plant

Clearwater, Fla. — The City of Clearwater will break ground on its second reverse osmosis (RO) water treatment plant on Monday, May 6 at 10 a.m. The public is invited to join Mayor George N. Cretekos, Public Utilities Director Tracy Mercer, members of the City Council, and engineering, utility, and Southwest Florida Water Management District officials at the groundbreaking ceremony of the Reverse Osmosis Water Treatment Plant No. 2 at 21133 U.S. Highway 19 N. in Clearwater.

The new water plant facility will treat up to 6.25 million gallons of brackish (or slightly salty) water per day using state-of-the-art technology to produce additional potable water for Clearwater customers. This $34-million project includes three major components: the brackish water reverse-osmosis water plant, a brackish wellfield with raw water piping, and a concentrate disposal well. Two storage tanks will be built as part of the project. Construction is anticipated to begin in June 2013 and be completed in December 2014.

Reverse osmosis is a water treatment process that purifies water by removing dissolved particles, minerals, and ions. This project will enable the city to increase its water production and to provide high quality drinking water at an affordable price.

"For decades to come, this new water plant will serve the needs of the city‘s water customers by providing them with a high quality of drinking water," says Tracy Mercer, Public Utilities Director. "We are appreciative of the support of our citizens and our customers.”

Clearwater Public Utilities currently produces an average of 5.9 million gallons per day (MGD) of its own water and purchases approximately 5 MGD from Pinellas County Utilities. Once the new plant is online, it is anticipated that Clearwater will produce nearly all of the water city residents and businesses consume.

The new water plant project is cooperatively funded by the Southwest Florida Water Management District. When complete, this project will benefit all Clearwater residents, businesses, and visitors. To learn more, contact Robert Maue, Senior Professional Engineer, at (727) 562-4827.

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