CLEARWATER – The city of Clearwater wants to warn the public that companies promoting water testing and service line maintenance to individual homes are not associated with the city.
Private, for-profit water testing companies have been approaching homeowners in the city and throughout the county, informing them about a “Water Line Protection Program,” service line maintenance and repairs.
In the past, companies also have made claims to be available to improve the quality and safety of tap water. All water supplied by the city of Clearwater meets or exceeds all federal and state standards for safety drinking water, according to a press release from the city.
“The city does not endorse any private water companies, nor does the city’s water require additional testing or filtering,” the press release said. “Clearwater Public Utilities has stringent processes including water sampling to ensure water quality. Residents are urged to exercise caution if any company offers you a free gift with demonstration, makes claims or generalizations concerning water contamination, or adds a coagulant – or thickener – to your water to solidify harmless minerals.”
Many water-testing companies have been reported to the Better Business Bureau due to a pattern of complaints regarding high-pressure sales tactics and misleading selling practices. If a water testing company approaches you, make sure to look them up with the BBB at www.bbb.org before doing business with them.
For information, call 562-4600.
Residents who feel they have been misled should contact the Attorney General’s Office at 3507 Frontage Road, Suite 200, Tampa, FL 33607 or call 813-287-7900.