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Pinellas County Wastewater/Stormwater Task Force presents action plan update

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County, city and agency partners that make up the Wastewater/Stormwater Task Force met on Monday, April 9, at 10 a.m. in the Digitorium of the C.W. “Bill” Young University Partnership Center on the Seminole Campus of St. Petersburg College located at 9200 113th St. N., in Seminole.

The Task Force’s Technical Working Group—a body comprised of technical representatives from utility and stormwater agencies within Pinellas County—presented updates to the Task Force Steering Committee regarding the progress and outcomes of specific projects outlined in the 2017 action plan, including:

  • Inflow and infiltration studies
  • Addressing insufficient system capacity
  • Rehabilitation/replacement programs for aging infrastructure
  • Stormwater drainage improvements
  • Resource sharing/maximization initiatives
  • Developing a public dialogue program
  • Developing legislation, regulations and local ordinances
The Wastewater/Stormwater Task Force was formed in October 2016 as a joint initiative to address countywide wastewater and stormwater issues brought about by heavy rainfall events. The countywide team is comprised of leaders and staff from Pinellas County Government, 17 municipal partners and three private utility systems.

The Technical Working Group meets regularly to evaluate each utility system’s status in regards to rehabilitation and replacement projects that are underway and/or planned, collaborate on common approaches to remediate system-wide issues and discuss detailed future mitigation plans to avoid sanitary sewer overflows during extreme weather events.

Following the formal portion of the meeting, the presenters answered questions from members of the Steering Committee and the public.

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