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Don't fall for plots to 'fix' your water

By TIMES WIRES
Published May 31, 2007


COUNTYWIDE

Pinellas County officials say they have received complaints that at least one local water treatment company claims to represent the county to gain entrance to homes and inspect faucets or hot water heaters in an effort to sell expensive water treatment systems. The companies are not endorsed by or affiliated with any government agency, and county utility employees would never try to sell an "upgrade" to a home's plumbing. Consumers should be wary of unexpected visits or gifts from water companies, sales people who add thickening agents to water to solidify harmless minerals, high prices and scare tactics. Customers will receive a detailed report in June on their water's chemistry, which officials said meets or exceeds all drinking water standards. To learn more about water quality, call (727) 464-4000. To investigate a company's business history, call the Department of Consumer Protection at (727) 464-6200 or visit www.pinellascounty.org/consumer and click on "Check a business."

CLEARWATER

Homeless man charged in robbery

Police arrested a homeless man Wednesday and charged him with robbing a bank Tuesday. Police say Christopher Schwingdorf, 37, entered the Bank of America at 1610 S Missouri Ave on Tuesday morning and told the teller he needed money. The teller said she didn't speak English. That confused Schwingdorf, who left the bank empty-handed, according to police. Witnesses took down the license plate of the car, which was driven by a friend. The friend later said she had no idea Schwingdorf was trying to rob a bank. Schwingdorf was found Wednesday at a soup kitchen and charged with the robbery. Police said he admitted to the robbery. He was being held Thursday at the Pinellas County Jail in lieu of $10, 000 bail.

Teen choir to sing Disney favorites

They'll even be in costume. The Learnmusic Teen Choir will perform more than 20 Disney favorites at 7 p.m. Friday and from 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Countryside High School Auditorium, 3000 State Road 580, Clearwater. Cost is $6. Children are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite prince or princess. Call 785-9915.

Firefighters battle brush blaze

Firefighters from multiple stations were battling a brush fire early Wednesday evening. The fire broke out on land in unincorporated Pinellas County, close to the Townhomes of Countryside near Lake St. George and Countryside Boulevard.

LARGO

Disco is still cool in WaterWorks pool

This boogie includes the backstroke. The Suncoast WaterWorks Synchronized Swimming Team presents Synchro Night Fever, a disco extravaganza, at 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Southwest Recreation Complex pool, 13120 Vonn Road, Largo. Presale tickets are $3 for seniors and $5 for adults. Call 669-4115.