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South Lake Wales, Crooked Lake Park Residents Invited to Special Meeting on Sewer System Upgrades

Polk County Assigned Responsibility After Facility Failed

Polk County Utilities (PCU) will host a Crooked Lake Park neighborhood community meeting to discuss the future of the wastewater collection and treatment system that serves that area on Monday, January 30, 2023 at 6:00 p.m.

The county will present an overview of the proposed improvements and preliminary construction schedule for the wastewater facility. The meeting will be held at the South Lake Wales Church of God, 210 President's Drive in Lake Wales.

In March 2021, the State of Florida appointed Polk County Utilities to be the custodian of the system when the original owner, Park Water Company, could no longer manage the infrastructure. Since that time, PCU has been working diligently to perform immediate repairs to improve the condition of the existing system to protect the area's property and the environment.

At the same time the City of Lake Wales was appointed to assume responsibility of the area's water system, and has spent several months working with contractors to repair the leaking central water tower. The water system has an interconnect with the primary Lake Wales water supply, which is presently feeding water to area homes.

Polk County Utilities has been working with the City of Lake Wales on the final project to ultimately resolve the issues with the wastewater system. Construction on the project should begin in mid-2023 and continue through early 2024. The public is invited to see the plans and give residents the opportunity to ask questions and express concerns.


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