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Utility given deadline for providing service

By Times staff writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published November 7, 2002

HUDSON -- The state's Public Service Commission has given Hudson Utilities Inc. a deadline for providing sewer service to a few hundred houses in the Signal Cove and Sea Pines area now on septic tanks.

Talk of hooking up the houses has been going on for more than five years, but nothing has happened. The PSC on Tuesday approved a settlement agreement with Hudson Utilities Inc., in which the Signal Cove homes would get sewer service by June, and the Sea Pines homes would get service by January 2004.

According to records, the more than 250 buildings are in a coastal flood area and are not supposed to be on septic tanks. Currently, the homes are in service areas controlled by Pasco County Utilities, which has agreed to turn the small areas over to Hudson Utilities.

State Rep. Heather Fiorentino (R-New Port Richey), who along with Florida Public Counsel Jack Shreve argued for the deadline, said residents had waited long enough for service.

Hudson Utilities Inc. serves 2,300 residential customers in northwest Pasco County.

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