Water Supply Updates
Belleair's Water Supply
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) placed the Town of Belleair under a consent order to resolve the issue of fluctuating levels of trihalomethanes (THMs) in Belleair's water supply. THMs are a group of chemicals which are created when chlorine used for water treatment reacts with organic materials in the water.
Belleair is in compliance with the requirements of the consent order, as the Water Department awarded a contract to Guardian Equipment to conduct a pilot test that would reduce the total level of THMs. The test was determined to be unsuccessful and has been discontinued. To effect a necessary improvement, the Commission opted to make the switch to Pinellas County's water distribution system. Town staff thoroughly researched the County's proposal and Commissioners voted unanimously to approve the purchase of potable water on the basis of a wholesale agreement with Pinellas County Utilities. When the switch to Pinellas County water is completed, we expect the DEP to lift their consent order.
Two water interconnects need to be constructed in town. One will be located at South Magnolia Park, the other on Ponce de Leon Blvd near the Pinellas Trail. Construction on the north interconnect began in mid-October and is expected to be complete by mid December. Design plans are underway on the south interconnect, with construction expected to begin shortly after the new year.
North Interconnect Construction Detour
Due to construction of the north water interconnect, the east bound lane of Ponce de Leon Blvd will be CLOSED from Barbara Circle to just north of the Pinellas Trail. The Pinellas Trail will not be affected and will remain OPEN. The detour will guide east bound traffic to turn left on The Mall, head north on Indian Rocks, and take Belleview Blvd out to Clearwater Largo Rd.
This will occur on the following dates:
-Wednesday, November 15 - Wednesday, November 22
-Monday, November 27 - Friday, December 8
When will the Town of Belleair switch over to Pinellas County's water supply?
The Town of Belleair will be making the switch to Pinellas County's water supply on Friday, December 1. A seamless transition is expected, as an engineering study was completed by a Pinellas County consultant, which indicated that the county's water is fully compatible with the Town of Belleair's distribution system. If residents experience any unusual tastes, odors, or appearances of their water following December 1, they should contact the Water Department by calling (727) 588-3795.
Pinellas County's water is in compliance with all federal and state standards. Click here to view Pinellas County's Water Quality Consumer Confidence Reports.
For further questions about the quality and compliance of Pinellas County's water supply, please contact Belleair's Interim Director of Water Utilites, Greg Turman, at (727) 588-3795 x 403.
Pinellas County Water Shortage
The Southwest Florida Water Management District has issued a modified Stage 1 Water Shortage for Pinellas County. We urge everyone to reduce wasteful and unnecessary water use and be prepared for more stringent restrictions if drought conditions worsen.
Beginning, Dec. 1, 2023, Pinellas County Utilities will move to one-day-per-week watering for all water customers. The Town of Belleair will continue to maintain its current watering schedule, as it is in compliance with the county’s once-per-week rule. Please see Belleair’s watering restrictions/schedule below.
Lawn and landscape watering is limited to a once-per-week schedule per the regulations below.
If your address (house number) ends in...
0 or 1, water only on Monday
2 or 3, water only on Tuesday
4 or 5, water only on Wednesday
6 or 7, water only on Thursday
8 or 9 (or no discernable address), water only on Friday
- Please note that in the event of increased restrictions from the Southwest Florida Water Management District, such restrictions will supersede the Town of Belleair’s restrictions until rescinded and the Town returns to its original schedule
- Properties less than two acres in size may only water before 8:00 am or after 6:00 pm
- Properties two acres or larger may only water before 10:00 am or after 4:00, but should contact the Water Department at (727) 588-3795 for authorization prior to watering
- Low-volume watering (micro-irrigation, soaker hoses, hand watering, etc.) of flower beds, shrubs, and other non-lawn plants is allowed on any day and at any time, if needed
- Some exemptions are available, such as allowances for new plant establishment or the watering of chemicals