Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Oldsmar: Not everyone will pay reclaimed water availability fee

OLDSMAR — Homeowners who don't have access to reclaimed water will not have to pay a new service availability fee that goes into effect Jan. 1.

The Tampa Bay Times was incorrect on that point Thursday.

The Oldsmar City Council on Tuesday approved an ordinance that charges homeowners who have access to reclaimed water a flat service availability fee of $3.90 a month, even if they decide not to connect to the service. About 44 percent of the city now has access to reclaimed water, but lines will be extended in the future.

While the availability fee would be mandatory for homeowners with access to a reclaimed water line, no one would be required to connect to the reclaimed water system or use the water.

Council members also decided to exclude Phase One of Gull Aire Village from paying the availability fee, according to Vice Mayor Jerry Beverland, because the reclaimed water line is out of range of those homes and the lots in that section are so small there is little need for lawn irrigation.

Phase 2 of Gull Aire Village will be required to pay the fee.

After some debate, the council voted to reduce the availability fee from the originally proposed $5.60 a month to $3.90.

Reclaimed water is sewage effluent that has received advance treatment and can be used to irrigate lawns and wash cars.

Danielle Paquette can be reached at or (727) 445-4224.

Oldsmar: Not everyone will pay reclaimed water availability fee 12/20/12 [Last modified: Thursday, December 20, 2012 7:21pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Trigaux: Tampa Bay lands on Forbes 2017 ranking of best places for young professionals

    Working Life

    Consider this one more notch in the belt of Tampa Bay starting to win serious attention from millennials as place to live and build a career.

    Mike Griffin is a senior managing director in Tampa for Savills Studley Occupier Services, which provides integrated real estate services. He is also chairman for 2017 of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, the first of the next generation of leadership emerging in this metro market. [Courtesy of Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce]
  2. Column: Trump beat Bush, Rubio but has become an 'establishment sellout'


    NYT’s Ross Douthat's Sunday column: Donald Trump, Establishment Sellout

  3. Haitians get a reprieve from Trump administration


    Haitians living in Florida, and the rest of the country, will be allowed to stay an additional six months, federal officials have decided.

  4. Veteran big game hunter dies after elephant, felled by gunfire, collapses on him


    Theunis Botha led his first guided hunting safari through South Africa's grasslands in 1989. A college student at the time, he used the money he received to help put himself through school.

    Big game hunter Theunis Botha, shown here with elephant tusks, was killed during a hunt in west Zimbabwe.
  5. Starting at top: O.J. Howard becomes first Bucs rookie to sign


    The Bucs have begun the process of signing their rookie draft picks and they started at the top.

    Alabama tight end O.J. Howard has signed a four-year contract with a fifth-year club option with the Bucs.