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Largo shuts down reclaimed water system

The city said its reclaimed water has failed ‘disinfection criteria.’ It won’t be turned back on until it’s environmentally safe.
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Published Nov. 22, 2019
Updated Nov. 22, 2019

LARGO ― City officials on Thursday urged Largo residents to immediately stop using reclaimed water because it may not be safe.

The reclaimed water system was shut down at 4 p.m., officials said. Officials saidLargo Environmental Services has found that the city’s reclaimed water failed to meet its “disinfection criteria” which means it’s not environmentally safe.

That does not affect the city’s drinking water supply, or what comes out of the faucets is safe. That is still safe, officials said.

Reclaimed water is partially-treated wastewater which is used for certain residential, agricultural or industrial uses, such as watering lawns and golf courses.

The reclaimed water system will be shut down for an “undefined duration,” the city said.

Thus, the city has asked any customers who use reclaimed water to shut their systems down until further notice. Regular updates on the reclaimed water situation will be posted to largo.com.

Anyone with questions about this situation is asked to call Largo Environmental Services during regular business hours at (727) 507-4460.

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