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Reclaimed Water Service Back To Normal in St. Petersburg

ST. PETERSBURG, FL (February 1, 2017) –  Reclaimed water service is at full strength and operating as normal after the Northeast Water Reclamation Facility was taken off-line earlier this week. 

A miscalculation of data during on-going quality testing led plant operators to take the plant off-line after small amounts of fecal coliform were detected.  However, after checking the studies more closely and reconciling the data, there was, in fact, no violation of Florida Department of Environmental Protection standards.

“Everything is back to normal,” said Plant Operator Craven Askew. “There was no violation.”

Even during the period where the plant was not supplying reclaimed water to the city system, there was no disruption in service as the other St. Petersburg plants kept the water flowing.

St. Petersburg's water reclamation system is not only the first to be built in the United States, it remains one of the largest in the world. The city's innovative system provides more than 37 million gallons per day to over 10,600 customers -- primarily for lawn irrigation. Reclaimed water is also an integral part of the city's overall water conservation effort.

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