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Annual Water System Maintenance Program Set to Begin

8/22/2012 9:43:46 AM

Contact: Public Utilities, (727) 562-4960

For Immediate Release

Aug. 22, 2012

Contact:

Heather Parsons

(727) 562-4708

Annual Water System Maintenance Program Set to Begin

Clearwater, Fla. — The method of water treatment used by Pinellas County Utilities and the City of Clearwater will be temporarily modified between Sept. 4 and Oct. 5, 2012. This short-term change from chloramines to chlorine disinfection is a routine maintenance measure designed to optimize water quality. Those impacted by this maintenance program include Pinellas County Utilities customers as well as City of Clearwater customers.

Kidney dialysis patients should not be impacted, but should contact their dialysis care provider for more information about chlorine treatment. Fish owners should not be affected if a system already is in place to remove chloramines but should contact local pet suppliers with questions.

This disinfection program is designed to maintain distribution system water quality and minimize the potential for future problems. The water will continue to meet Federal and State standards for safe drinking water. Customers may notice a slight difference in taste and/or odor of the water during this temporary change in treatment. Conditions experienced by Utilities customers will be identical to the more than 50 years of use prior to 2002, when chlorine was used as the primary disinfectant in the water.

“The annual chlorine maintenance process continues to run smoothly every year with increased cooperation and commitment from our customers,” said Tracy Mercer, Public Utilities Director. “We thank our customers in advance for their patience as the maintenance procedures begin.”

Pinellas County Utilities uses chloramines and annually switches to chlorine for a short period to maintain system water quality. The county switched to chloramines in 2002 to ensure compliance with Environmental Protection Agency standards.

For more information, visit www.pinellascounty.org/utilities or call Pinellas County Utilities Customer Service at (727) 464-4000. Residents may also call Clearwater Customer Service at (727) 562-4600 or visit www.myclearwater.com.

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