Reclaimed water system still not at 100 percent

Manatee County Utilities Department is recommending that residents using reclaimed water for their irrigation turn off their system so that the electronic solenoids in the pop ups do not burn out. The parts could be costly to repair.

Efforts are being continued to bring the quality of reclaimed water from the Southwest Wastewater Treatment Plant back to environmental quality standards before usage can resume. Due to environmental issues while the plant was under repair, it was necessary to repeat the normal treatment procedures more times than was originally anticipated. The Utilities Department will announce once the matter has been resolved.

As a reminder the reclaimed water service was discontinued for residents west of 63rd Avenue East and 33rd Street East, and in West and Northwest Bradenton. The Southwest Facility is the largest of the three county wastewater treatment plants and having it off-line may limit reclaimed water availability n other areas of the County. Notification will be provided by the Utilities Department upon system reactivation.

The Utilities Department asks that all reclaimed users continue to limit usage to the absolute minimum. It is typical for plants and grass to enter into a more dormant stage, requiring less water, at this time of the year, so once a week watering is sufficient. (Residents with non-reclaimed services have been limited to a once-a-week watering schedule since early 2007. )

For more information, call Amy Merrill at (941) 798 -6745.