City Officials Shut Down Reclaimed Water Service
St. Petersburg city officials have shut down reclaimed water service due to saltwater intrusion from Hurricane Idalia’s storm surge. They expect to restore service “sometime next week.” For more information, call the 24-hour Water Resources Dispatch Line at (727) 893-7261.
Garbage and Recycle Holiday Schedule
In observance of the Labor Day Holiday, our regularly scheduled Monday recycle pick-up shifts to Tuesday and our Tuesday garbage pick-up shifts to Wednesday.
PLEASE EMPTY & TRASH ALL YOUR SANDBAGS USED DURING THE STORM AS, IF THEY GOT WET…REMEMBER, THOSE TAMPA BAY WATERS THAT INTRUDED OUR STREETS HAVE ALL TYPES OF BACTERIA AND “BAD STUFF”. (THINK OF THE RECENT LARGE SEWAGE SPILL IN RIVIERA BAY!!)
Electric Vehicle Fires
As first responders, businesses and homeowners assess the damage caused by Hurricane Idalia’s storm surge, local officials have warned of a new safety risk – electric vehicle fires. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, Florida has the second-highest number of registered EVs(168,000) in the nation. However, the problem extends far beyond automobiles.
The US Fire Administration states that salt within the battery or its components can form “conductive bridges” that lead to short-circuiting and extreme heat. It adds that ignition can occur in days to weeks. Fire Rescue officials noted that saltwater exposure can cause any lithium-ion batteries to combust. That includes the increasing number of electric golf carts and scooters seen on city streets. “Don’t drive these through water,” the agency said in a social media post. “Crews have seen numerous residents out in golf carts and children on scooters riding on the water.” DON’T DO IT!