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Citrus Park reclaimed water storage tank leaking

By JORDAN DYE, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published July 19, 2002

CITRUS PARK -- Hillsborough County staff have discovered a leak in a reclaimed water storage tank near Sheldon Road.

The 5-million-gallon tank supplements the reclaimed water supply for the northwest area of the county, which includes Carrollwood Village, Westchase, Westchester, Mandolin, Westwood Lakes, Fawn Ridge, Avila, Calusa Trace, Van Dyke Farms, Cheval, Heritage Harbor, Bay Tree Farm, Canterbury, Farmington and Lake Heather Oaks.

The leak is releasing water at a rate of 3 to 5 gallons a minute, water department spokesman John Fischer said. To determine repair methods, engineers have taken soil borings and are awaiting results this week. The leak is not expected to be fixed before mid-August.

The leak should not affect residential water services unless recent rains abate and reclaimed water use rises. If that were to happen, water pressure could decrease. Golf courses in the area have been notified of potential service interruption.

The leak, which probably was caused by settling, was detected in the new tank during a routine inspection.

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