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St. Petersburg Cosme Water Treatment Plant Tank Undergoing Maintenance Through the Summer

CONTACT: Waunda Barcus, Water Treatment and Distribution Manager, 813-920-2841 or waunda.barcus@stpete.org

MEDIA ADVISORY

ST. PETERSBURG'S COSME WATER TREATMENT PLANT TANK UNDERGOING MAINTENANCE THROUGH THE SUMMER

ST. PETERSBURG, FL (July 8, 2016) - On July 18th, the City will begin making needed structural repairs to one of the water tanks at the Cosme Water Treatment Plant.  During this maintenance work, residents of the city of St. Petersburg and the communities of Gulfport and South Pasadena may notice a slight increase in the hardness of their water.  The potable water will continue to be in full compliance with all applicable state and federal regulations and is safe for human consumption.  Work is expected to be complete by late September 2016.  No disruption of water service is expected.

The city of St. Petersburg is one of six member governments who formed Tampa Bay Water (TBW), the regional water utility that now supplies all of our drinking water. Since the 1940s, St. Petersburg has operated its own water treatment facility in Hillsborough County, near Cosme-Odessa.

At the St. Petersburg plant, the blended source water from Tampa Bay Water (ground, surface and desalinated) undergoes additional treatment including aeration, softening, filtration, disinfection and the addition of fluoride. The facility has a capacity of treating 68 million gallons of water per day. Water is transported approximately 26 miles to St. Petersburg via two water mains. Currently, St. Petersburg water customers use about 28 million gallons of water per day.

If you have questions about your water quality, visit www.stpete.org/water or call 727-893-7149.

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