City begins new flushing round Jan. 7

Published: Friday, January 4, 2013 at 10:04 AM.

There will be upset in the lines, Grantland and city manager Jim Anderson, cautioned.

That will likely lead to some households experiencing discoloration of water from the tap as the flushing program works through the entire system.

“Absolutely, there will be some collateral damage, shall we say,” Grantland said. “We encourage customers to call the city and let us know so we can come out and make sure those areas can be flushed as thoroughly as possible as quickly as possible.”

With the initial phase of pipe replacement nearing its end, the city is preparing to segue into the next phases.

According to Bruce Ballister with the Apalachee Regional Planning Council, who is coordinating the city’s application for a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for replacement of lines for much of North Port St. Joe, all indications are the city scored sufficiently high on its application that the CDBG award should come early this year.

That grant would fund replacement of lines from Avenues B-D between Battle Street and Martin Luther King, Blvd., though the scope hinges in large measure on funding.

The second phase of the water distribution line replacement is scheduled to begin in May or June with a completion date sometime in 2014.

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