DEP awards $250,000 to Clearwater for wastewater project

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Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection awarded the City of Clearwater $250,000 in grants to expand its sewer system to protect local water bodies.

Part of the project includes installation of nearly 5,800 linear feet of gravity sanitary sewer systems, with connections to existing collection systems, manholes, laterals and cleanouts.

The wastewater system will affect 80 properties in three neighborhoods.

Connection to the sanitary sewer system reduces excess nutrients discharged into local surface waters by routing wastewater through existing Water Reclamation Facilities.

“DEP supports Clearwater’s efforts to reduce the amount of excess nutrients that may impact local surface waters,” said DEP Secretary Herschel Vinyard in a statement. “It’s important for the state to work with local governments to better protect Florida’s environment.”

State Sen. Jack Latvala, whose Senate district includes Clearwater, is pleased to learn of the expansion of sewer services, a project partially funded by the Florida Legislature.

“Eliminating aging septic systems is good for the environment and improves property values,” he said

Work on the project be in three neighborhoods: Along County Road 193 in the Alligator Creek watershed, in Grove Circle in the Stevenson Creek.

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