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Public Works Day Features Competition of North Pinellas Utility Professionals

5/14/2013 9:36:22 AM

Contact: Public Utilities, (727) 562-4960

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May 14, 2013

Public Works Day Features Competition of North Pinellas Utility Professionals

CLEARWATER, Fla. - The City of Clearwater invites residents to attend Public Works Day on Wednesday, May 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Public Works Complex, 1650 N. Arcturas Ave. in Clearwater. This free, family-friendly event features water reclamation facility tours, demonstrations, and vehicle and equipment displays to show the importance of public works in community life. A new addition to this year's event is the North Pinellas Top Ops Competition in which utility and field crews from Pinellas County compete for top honors among local industry professionals.

The North Pinellas Top Ops Competition will include teams and individual competitors from the cities of Clearwater, Dunedin, Largo, Oldsmar, Pinellas Park, Safety Harbor, and Tarpon Springs, and the Town of Belleair. Formal competitions of skill begin at 8:30 a.m. and go to 3 p.m. Competition includes Hard Tap (open a ductile iron pipe/install a tap), Fun Tap (open a PVC pipe/install a tap), Meter Madness (assemble a water meter from a bucket of parts), Backhoe Operation (maneuver objects using a backhoe bucket), Vacuum Truck Operation (make a basket with a basketball/hoop), and Director's Challenge, which tests the director's ability to successfully do the backhoe challenge. Residents are invited to watch, and trophies will be awarded to the winners.

Tours of the water reclamation facility will be available at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Shuttles by van will be available to and from the facility by licensed CDL city drivers.

“Public works is an integral, necessary part of our life in the Clearwater community through services such as water, sewer, reclaimed water, stormwater, traffic engineering, sidewalks, and streets and highways,” says Tracy Mercer, Public Utilities Director. “Today, public works employees are in the forefront of using the best sustainable practices to make sure our infrastructure and environment is well maintained for the public’s use and enjoyment in the future.”

The Top Ops Competition is sponsored by North County Municipal Utilities Forum. For more information, call Clearwater Public Utilities at (727) 562-4960 or visit myclearwater.com.

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