Where Did My Reclaimed Water Go?
By Anne McKay Garris
The good news is that July 23rd is the City of Clearwater's best estimate of the date when reclaimed water will be restored to residents of Clearwater Beach and Island Estates.
The bad news is that the question of whether or not citizens will still have to pay the $18.30 per month charge for the time they were without the water is "under discussion."
When the idea of "reclaimed water" first arrived on the Clearwater scene, it was greeted with skepticism by many and great reluctance by some. It has, however, since become a fixture in those communities that have it supplied to them, and its sudden disappearance on July 9, came as a shock when sprinkler systems all over Clearwater Beach and Island Estates failed to produce water. Some residents with automatic sprinkler systems were not aware of the lack until their lawns began to turn brown in the blistering July sun. Others were upset to find that the expected water was not available for their very expensive new lawns.
"The City has a system that automatically phones citizens to warm them of traffic tie ups caused by special races and other activities," said one citizen, who described his lawn as burned to a crisp, "Why didn't they notify us that the reclaimed water was down?"
According to city sources, the break was caused by work on the downtown boat slips when the contractor, Meisner Marine, accidentally hit an 18 inch reclaimed water line, destroying service to the islands and to the Harbor Oaks area. The irony is that work on the boat slips had been delayed in an effort to make sure damage to the underwater pipes in the area did not happen.
The City suggests that, "Hand watering using potable water is an alternative until reclaimed water service is restored."
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