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Repair to be Made for Reclaimed Water Service Outage in Coachman Ridge Neighborhood

Post Date:11/09/2017 3:59 PM

Nov. 9, 2017

Repair to be Made for Reclaimed Water Service Outage in Coachman Ridge Neighborhood

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Due to a reclaimed water main break that occurred Oct. 20 at around 1:20 p.m., reclaimed water service for homes in the Coachman Ridge neighborhood of Clearwater is currently unavailable. The break occurred at 1003 Old Coachman Road, which is located on the north side of the bridge on the west side of the road.

Since the day the reclaimed water main was damaged and service had to be discontinued, Public Utilities and the city’s Engineering Department have been working to determine how best to repair or replace the damaged line and to restore service.

The repair will take place in two phases. The first phase will consist of installing a bypass line around the section of damaged pipeline. This work will begin Monday, Nov. 13, and will take approximately five days to complete if no unforeseen issues are encountered. The city hopes to have reclaimed water service restored to those currently affected by Nov. 17. Once that work is complete, affected customers should have their service restored and will be able to use reclaimed water as they did prior to the line damage. The second phase will consist of our engineering team designing a permanent new section of reclaimed pipeline to replace the damaged line. This work will take quite some time, as it is very complex. However, the temporary bypass will provide reclaimed water service until the line is repaired.

The break occurred when a contractor for Pinellas County was conducting soil borings in preparation for a potential bridge modification. They accidentally drilled a hole into the city's reclaimed water main, located near a creek and 32 feet below the ground, making repairs very difficult and time consuming.

About 300 residents are affected by this service outage. Residents who live from the bridge on Old Coachman Road to Sunset Point Road and from Glennville Drive east to Emory Drive are affected. This includes the Coachman Ridge subdivision and the Long Center. Spectrum Field is not affected.

The city of Clearwater and Clearwater Public Utilities apologize for the inconvenience and want to assure customers that the city is making every effort to minimize the time that reclaimed water service has been impacted in this area.

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