Water Supply Updates
Belleair's Water Supply - Latest Update
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) placed the Town of Belleair under a consent order to resolve the issue of fluctuating levels of trihalomethanes (THMs) in Belleair's water supply. THMs are a group of chemicals which are created when chlorine used for water treatment reacts with organic materials in the water. The DEP placed this consent order to ensure that the town is taking the necessary steps to remove these contaminants.
The consent order has required Belleair to hire an engineer and develop an action plan to resolve the issue. Belleair is in compliance with the requirements of the consent order, as the Water Department is working with an engineer to find a solution that will bring THM levels down. The Water Department has been approved to conduct a 90-day pilot test for a treatment that will remove the organics which react with chlorine to create THMs. Guardian Equipment was awarded the contract to conduct the pilot test and is currently in the process of making preparations and collecting necessary equipment. The aim is to begin the pilot test within the coming month. If the test is successful, the treatment will be used to permanently keep THM levels down, while Town staff continues working on a long-term fix.
One option for a long-term fix is for Belleair to make the switch to Pinellas County's water distribution system. The Town of Belleair signed a letter of intent with the county to share information and begin negotiations. Town staff has been meeting with Pinellas County biweekly to ensure this process continues to move forward. All reporting and data collection is coming to a close as Town staff and Pinellas County finish tying up loose ends. This will allow Town Commission and staff to make an informed decision as soon as possible thereafter. In the meantime, the Water Department is working diligently to bring THM levels down.