Water-Related News

Clearwater Extends Sewer Service to Stop Septic Tank Pollution of Stevenson Creek

By Andy Thomason

CLEARWATER – Tests have proven that the thick sludge blanketing the bottom of Stevenson Creek contains fecal contamination that is a threat to health and to other area waterways.

One of the sources of that pollution, according to city officials: old septic tanks in nearby neighborhoods that leak or flood and allow human waste to flow into the creek, which empties into Clearwater Harbor.

Starting next year, the city will begin addressing the pollution problem by extending sanitary sewer service to almost 500 homes in the Idlewild neighborhood north of the creek.