How Residents Can Help the Utilities Department
CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. (Sept. 12, 2017) – Charlotte County Utilities Department is asking residents to assist in the following ways with Hurricane Irma recovery efforts:
Be careful to not place debris and trash on top of your meter box when preparing for pickup. Large collection vehicles use claws that can damage the meter box and meter if covered by trash and debris. Generally, your water meter is located in the front of the property between the edge of the road pavement and your property line. It is housed in an in-ground meter box, which helps protect it from the elements, and the word “WATER” is imprinted on the lid.
Do not place equipment, materials, debris and brush near fire hydrants. Fire hydrants and fire protection devices must be kept accessible to the fire department to protect our community. The Utilities Department also periodically flushes fire hydrants to help maintain water quality. While the hydrants are inspected and maintained by the Utilities Department, local fire districts are responsible for the removal of any vegetation obstructing hydrants.
Conserve your water and wastewater usage during this period of extensive power outages. The Utilities Department has more than 300 lift stations in its service area that help pump and return sewage to our wastewater reclamation facilities. Approximately a quarter of these lift stations are without consistent power and are utilizing rotating, mobile generators to keep the system working as efficiently as possible until full power is restored.
Citizens are encouraged to report water and sewer-related emergencies to 941-764-4300. We appreciate our residents’ mindfulness of these potential issues during this important recovery time. For information, visit www.CharlotteCountyFL.gov and click “Utilities” in the Popular Links.
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