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Utilities water quality improvement project to begin

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Pinellas County Utilities will commence the first phase of work on a drinking water quality improvement project on Thursday, Nov. 3, along portions of U.S. Highway 19 North and at the North Booster Pump Station located on the corner of U.S. Highway 19 North and Evans Road. Customers should not experience any impacts to service and there are no anticipated impacts to traffic in the area. The first phase of the project is anticipated to be completed by the end of the week.

The project was initiated in response to customer feedback. The work will improve drinking water quality by redirecting the potable water supply that enters the North Booster Pump Station to flow south, in one direction. Currently, the station pumps some water to the north before being pumped to the south, creating an intermittent situation where water can be held in pipes for a longer-than-desirable period of time. While the project will improve water quality for customers by directing flow in one direction, Utilities is preserving the operational ability to pump water back to the north in the event of an emergency. These types of situations could include unusually-high customer demand in the northern water system, lower supply pressure from the Tampa Bay Water regional point of connection or during weather emergencies when supply may be needed to prevent loss of public infrastructure.

This project underscores Pinellas County Utilities’ commitment to delivering first class services to the public and our customers by exceeding customer expectations and ensuring effective and efficient delivery of county services and support.

For more information about Pinellas County Utilities, visit www.pinellascounty.org/utilities.