Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Broken water main causes drinking-water crisis in Dunedin

DUNEDIN — City officials responding to the severing of Honeymoon Island's largest water main said Friday morning that the crisis demanded immediate conservation citywide, including reducing toilet flushing and shortening showers.

Utility workers reduced the city's outgoing water pressure on Wednesday, a day after bridge workers slashed the 20-inch high-density pipe connecting Florida's busiest state park and the Royal Stewart Arms condo complex to the Dunedin coastline.

The water is still safe to drink, officials said. Yet they urged residents to not water or wash their homes, lawns or cars, to only run dishwashers and washing machines with full loads, and to turn off the water during shaving and brushing their teeth. Homeowners tapped into reclaimed water may still irrigate.

Dunedin is one of two cities in Pinellas County to provide all of its own water from within city limits. (Belleair is the other.) Almost all other cities import water from regional supplier Tampa Bay Water. In Dunedin, brackish water is pumped from the city's wellfield, funneled into its reverse osmosis treatment plant and distributed.

Nearly 1.5 million gallons a day of the treated water is spilling into the Intracoastal Waterway from the pipe, at a cost of about $2,000 a day, public works director Douglas Hutchens said Thursday night.

The pipe, located 32 feet below the water's surface, will need to be replaced, a process that could take weeks and cost about $750,000.

Residents will meet at the Royal Stewart Arms clubhouse at 2 p.m. Friday for a meeting with city leaders.

Drew Harwell can be reached at dharwell@sptimes.com or (727) 445-4170.

Broken water main causes drinking-water crisis in Dunedin 02/05/10 [Last modified: Friday, February 5, 2010 12:59pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Who took a knee? How each NFL team responded to Donald Trump's tweets about anthem protests

    Bucs

    NFL players, coaches and owners across the league reacted in various ways on Sunday to remarks from President Donald Trump speaking about NFL players who have protested during the national anthem.

    Bucs receivers Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson both kneeled during the national anthem in protest before Sunday's game at the Vikings. [LOREN ELLIOTT | Times]
  2. Florida State out of the AP Top 25 for the first time since 2011

    Blogs

    Florida State's first 0-2 start since 1989 has led to another low.

  3. From care center to purgatory to 'hellhole': How 11 frail elders died after Irma

    Hurricanes

    As she got ready to say goodbye to her mother at the Hollywood Hills nursing home, Rose Wyda's heart was sick. Hurricane Irma had been gone for nearly 48 hours, but the trail of shattered trees and broken, hissing power lines the storm left behind was still dangerously apparent. And the nursing home was part of the …

  4. Bucs' Mike Evans, DeSean Jackson kneel during national anthem

    Bucs

    Bucs receivers Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson both kneeled during the national anthem in protest before Sunday's game at the Vikings, two days after President Donald Trump made critical remarks about NFL …

    Bucs receivers Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson both kneeled during the national anthem in protest before Sunday's game at the Vikings. [LOREN ELLIOTT | Times]
  5. Authorities ID man killed in Clearwater Beach boating crash; Girl, 4, still in critical condition

    Briefs

    An Altamonte Springs man died and a 4-year-old girl remains in critical condition Sunday morning after their personal watercraft collided with a boat in the Intracoastal Waterway near Clearwater Beach just before 5 p.m.