LARGO – City officials are moving forward with about $10,000 in proposed improvements to the sewage system near the Paradise Island Mobile Home Park that are expected to be completed in the next six months.
Largo officials launched a study on odors in its sewage system, acting upon complaints from residents at Paradise Island and Fairway Village.
Residents of those communities complained to the Largo City Commission about sewage odors at several meetings. A Paradise Island representative said the park has spent thousands of dollars on the issue and contended that the city is responsible for the problem.
The study was conducted between August 2011 and January 2012 and included specific points along 142nd and 150th Avenue and areas of concern at Paradise Island. It also included pump stations and mains that potentially contribute to the odors and corrosion in this corridor.
The report showed that although the city’s current odor control system has greatly improved odor and corrosion conditions in the system in recent years but that there are still significant hydrogen sulfide related odor emissions and the potential for corrosion in the system in certain areas.
“I think we are getting better off than I expected for $10,000,” Mayor Pat Gerard said.
Besides the short-term improvements, city officials are recommending long-term upgrades to the sewer system that they plan to conduct over the next three years.