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Posted on: August 1, 2023

Lockwood Reclaimed Water Leak - UPDATE

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UPDATE: 9/19/2023 -  On September 18, 2023 the repair contractor started work and located the leak.  Pipe repairs should be completed today with filling and compaction of the trench to follow.  Barring any surprises, the site should be restored to normal by the end of this week along with full use of the reclaimed transmission main; restoring the City’s supplemental reclaimed water service. 


Today, the City received an email from Seminole County Environmental Services alerting City staff to another Seminole County reclaimed water main leak.  This is in the 24-inch diameter section along Old Lockwood Road.  The previous leak was along McColluch.  Seminole County has closed the interconnect valve.  What this means for City of Oviedo residents who have reclaimed service is that there is no supplemental reclaimed supply.  A repair date is undetermined at this time but City staff anticipate that the County repair could take some time to complete.  The last County reclaimed leak took almost two months to repair.    

If the City receives periods without rain there may be service interruptions and pressure issues based on residential demand.  The City is able to provide reclaimed water from our wastewater plant but if everyone is irrigating at the same time, and not following the City watering restriction schedule, it will exhaust our supply quickly; until we can produce more.  Production is constant but the water has to be “treated” before it can be used.  The City has 1.0 and 1.5  million gallon storage tanks for supply.   While one is emptied the other is filled but it can take a day to fill a tank depending on incoming flows.  In dry periods residential irrigation demand can outstrip  the City’s ability to produce reclaimed water.   

That means the supply may not be constant; depending on demand.  More information will be provided once City staff receive updates from the County to share.

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