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Second Phase of Water System Maintenance Program Set to Begin

8/28/2013 8:33:46 AM

Contact: Clearwater Public Utilities, (727) 562-4960

For Immediate Release

Aug. 28, 2013

Second Phase of Water System Maintenance Program Set to Begin

Clearwater, Fla. -- The method of water treatment used by Pinellas County and the City of Clearwater will be temporarily modified between Sept. 3 to 23, 2013. 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 customers as well as City of Clearwater customers. (The first phase of the maintenance program began May 29 and ended June 17.)

The water is perfectly safe to drink during this period, though customers may notice a slight difference in the taste or odor of the water. Users of kidney dialysis machines and owners of aquatic life should not be impacted, but should contact their respective service providers for more information.

"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 maintenance procedures begin."

Pinellas County uses chloramines and periodically 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 pinellascounty.org/utilities or call Pinellas County Customer Service at (727) 464-4000. Residents may also call Clearwater Customer Service at (727) 562-4600 or visit myclearwater.com.

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