Infrastructure Investments and Improvements continue… But Homeowners' help is key!
St. Petersburg, Fla. (December 7, 2017) – As the city of St. Petersburg continues to make improvements in its water services, legacy potable service lines that have outlived their usefulness are being disconnected and retired from the system. Water Resources Department crews are in the process of connecting to the new mains all over the city and providing individual connections to private properties. This will be taking place in a number of neighborhoods around the city over the next 3-5 years.
These new service lines are located in the front of homes, which means that the current connections through residents’ back yards will be disabled as replacement ¾” connection service is established to the front of the home. This alleviates the need for any disruption of residents’ property or fencing which has been constructed along or through the old water main easement, it will also help ensure consistent and continued good water quality through the new connections.
However, the city cannot connect the new service without the help of homeowners.
Property owners are legally responsible to have a licensed plumber install a connection from the city –installed service line to their home before the crews can re-connect to the new metered service line. City Council has approved reimbursement for permitting costs and the work performed by a licensed plumber to relocate the service connection from the rear of the property to the front of the house.
All affected homeowners are being notified by mail approximately 90 days before the old line is scheduled to be retired. There are provisions included with that correspondence outlining reimbursement and/or direct payment to the plumbing professional. There should be no out-of-pocket cost to the homeowner who gets the work done properly. But, it is imperative for those who receive the communication from the city to comply with the required plumbing changes.
This process is happening in all sections of the city where the galvanized piping has been in use since the 1950s. Continued, concerted and concentrated communications through neighborhood associations and social media will continue through the process, which will likely take years to complete.
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For more information, contact Bill Logan, Public Works Communications Manager at (727) 893-7250.