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Dunedin customers asked to conserve water after fire damages plant

The city is asking residents to avoid activities like watering their lawns for the immediate future.
A fire at the water plant in Dunedin has prompted the city to ask that customers conserve water.
A fire at the water plant in Dunedin has prompted the city to ask that customers conserve water. [ ARIELLE BADER | Times ]
Published Sep. 30

DUNEDIN — City water customers are being asked to cut down on their water use indefinitely after a fire damaged the Dunedin Water Plant.

Officials say the fire stemmed from an electrical issue around 4 a.m. Thursday. Firefighters from Dunedin, Clearwater, Palm Harbor and Safety Harbor responded to the scene off County Road 1 and extinguished the fire in less than 30 minutes.

There is still an “adequate” amount of water available for customers in portable storage tanks, the city said. Still, officials “strongly encourage” customers to conserve water when possible and avoid activities like watering lawns.

The city said there were no injuries and the fire was accidental. It did not say how long it expects residents to reduce their water usage.