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Think Green! logoCity Initiatives - Water

Image of a glass of waterWater Conservation

Water conservation and water quality improvement is so important to the City of Clearwater's water conservation and quality efforts. The city's Public Utilities and Engineering Departments works to ensure that Clearwater's water - be it drinking water, reclaimed water, or stormwater - is safe, clean, and environmentally safe.

The city's Public Utilities department's Water, Wastewater Collection and Water Pollution Control Divisions have proudly provided our community with safe drinking water. The department provides an environmentally proactive wastewater collection system and treated wastewater to very high standards, enabling us to reuse our resources to provide reclaimed water to customers in the community.

The city's Stormwater division of Engineering is responsible for maintaining and repairing the city's 120 miles of stormwater conveyance systems (i.e. pipes, ditches, storm manholes, catch basins, spillways, and other drainage structures) to help eliminate flooding of streets and homes. This division provides an annual cleaning cycle for the drainage ditch system and sweeps the city's main roadway arteries, beach and downtown streets, and city parking lots. They also maintain and repair city-owned lakes and retention ponds.

Together, these two departments serve over one hundred thousand people living and working in the Clearwater city limits, playing a vital role in the community's growth, prosperity, health, safety, and environmental sustainability.

Reclaimed Water

Reclaimed water is safe and is one of our "greenest" initiatives. Reclaimed water involves taking wastewater from the City of Clearwater's treatment plants, giving it a high dose of treatment, and using the resulting high quality water for a new beneficial use. It is delivered to homes and businesses through an underground distribution system entirely separate from the drinking water system. It is used for irrigating lawns and landscaping; edible crops that will be peeled, cooked or thermally processed before consumption; and, in fountains and decorative pools.

The use of reclaimed water provides an opportunity for residents to conserve water. Many neighborhoods are already included in the reclaimed water infrastructure. As funds become available, this infrastructure will be extended. We're planning for a great quality of life, and reclaimed water is part of that plan.

To learn more about the City of Clearwater's reclaimed water program, check out our reclaimed water brochure.

Image of water dropletWater Quality

Clearwater being a coastal community, the quality of our water is so important. Water quality can improve with education about stormwater operations. The city has an extensive stormwater education campaign, which focuses on many topics including local ordinances, pollutants, and watershed maintenance.

Visit two of our newest water quality improvement projects: Kapok Park and Glen Oaks Park. Glen Oaks Park, which opened in November 2006, is located at 1345 Court St. This unique park combines recreation with stormwater management. The 31.54-acre city-owned site contains five ponds, four of which are wet detention and one dry detention area, totaling approximately 21 acres. The ponds provide floodplain storage, drainage for the Stevenson's Creek Watershed, and natural pollutant filtering, which protects surrounding properties from flooding. The recreation aspect comes from play spaces and soccer fields. A similar project, the Kapok Floodplain Restoration and Wetland Creation Project in the Alligator Creek Watershed, serves the same primary purposes.

The Utilities Department's Advanced Pollution Control Facility Conversions Project is another great green initiative because the project removes nitrogen from Stevenson's Creek and Old Tampa Bay, thus improving water quality in the bay. It removes more nitrogen from the water to reduce the TMDL, or total maximum daily load allocation of nitrogen. The nutrient loadings to these two bodies of water have been reduced since this project's commencement. The city has completed this project at both the Northeast and Marshall Street Plants.

The City of Clearwater partners with Pinellas County Government for water quality monitoring of our water bodies

Learn about the Northeast Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant's Motor Conversion Project.

Read the Consumer Confidence / Water Quality Report for 2008 on the Public Utilities Web page.

Water Restrictions

In efforts to conserve water, Clearwater residents should adhere to the watering schedule based on city ordinances as outlined on the Public Utilities Watering Schedule page.

To learn more about water restrictions, visit the Web sites for Public Utilities or the Southwest Florida Water Management District.

Watershed Management

Throughout our City of Clearwater Neighborhood Districts, Stormwater Maintenance Operations partners with citizens to help improve the stormwater runoff quality. Rainwater that doesn't evaporate or soak into the soil will run into ditches, streams, wetlands, lakes, or Tampa Bay. The land area where the water drains from is called a watershed.

The "Get to the Point!" Neighborhood Watershed Maintenance Program helps residents to identify all sources of pollution that can become hazards to these watersheds. "Point sources" are streets, inlets, pipes, ditches, ponds and silt boxes. They are traceable point pollution sources, controlled though permits and enforcement. "Non-point sources" includes runoff from lawns, fertilizer, pesticides, pet waste, household chemicals, and yard debris.

This program shows residents that what we do everyday, leads to the bay. Our city's stormwater infrastructure requires regular maintenance, and our citizens' involvement helps to ensure the continuity of our environmental health, our quality of life, and fulfillment with national pollutant elimination requirements. Do your part and help keep our watersheds free of debris for a cleaner Clearwater.

Water-Saving Devices & Programs

The Public Utilities Department provides customers with water conservation devices such as water saving showerheads, sink aerators, and toilet tummies. Every opportunity is taken to show customers new ways to save water by instructing them how to read their water meters and how to check for leaks in toilets and other common trouble spots.

Learn what water-saving devices are available to you.

To receive a water-saving showerhead, sink aerator, or a toilet tummy, call the Public Utilities department at (727) 562-4960.

Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL)

The city also monitors the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL), or the maximum amount of a pollutant that a water body can receive and still meet water quality standards. The top three causes of impairment in Florida waters are nutrients (such as fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides), dissolved oxygen, and bacteria. Learn more about TMDL and how you can help protect Florida waterways by visiting the TMDL initiatives page right here on our Green Web site!