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Lake Wales upgrades water infrastructure to prepare for growth

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City staff in the Lake Wales Public Works department are working on three projects that include replacing antiquated water lines, increasing water flow and converting select neighborhoods to the City’s central sewer system.


The enhancements are part of the Public Works Department’s master plans for water, stormwater and waste water. The multi-year plans are designed to target expansion, stormwater quality and increase water reusability.


“Our master plans are key to us growing responsibly,” Public Works Director Sarah Kirkland said.


Old galvanized and cement water main pipes are being replaced with flexible pipes. Additionally, new service water lines are being installed up to residential and commercial property lines.


“We’re not having to dig up streets as we install the new flexible lines,” Chief Water Plant Operations Manager Jose Perez said. “We can run a water line from one corner of a roadway to the next block with minimal disruption to motorists.”


Another benefit to homeowners in select areas is the relocation of water meters from the back of houses to the front.


Crews are installing the new water main pipes along HWY 17 between Lincoln Avenue and Mountain Lake Cutoff Road. Installations are also taking place on Belleview Drive and Santa Maria Road. More installations will take place on portions of Lakeshore Boulevard and surrounding streets including: Wildabon Avenue; Osceola Avenue; Hillside Avenue; 8th Street; 9thStreet; Tower Boulevard; Highview Drive; and Tower Lane.


Another big project almost complete is the conversion of septic to sewer which includes the installation of various force main sewage lines down Bukmore Road, Sunset Drive and HWY 17 near Belleview Road. 


“The installation of the additional force main lines will transfer sewage effectively from existing and new residential properties to the City’s waste water facility for treatment,” Kirkland stated.


Residents in the Bel Ombre sub division and along portions of Grove Avenue near 4th Street and Hillcrest Avenue will migrate off septic systems. More conversions are scheduled to take place in the coming years.

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