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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (727) 445-4224.