Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Mandarin Water Woes Fixed

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Mandarin Water Woes Fixed

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Water pressure has improved dramatically in Mandarin, while

Southside areas are still having slight problems.

Residents are thrilled with the improvements, but some are

still concerned.

City water officials say things are under control.

"Things are definitely better, quite a bit of difference than

two weeks ago," said Joe Lyons, administrator for the Pines of

Mandarin, a nursing home. "The big question is, without rain,

how much longer will it last?"

Jacksonville Electric Authority officials said they don't

foresee any more problems.

A 20-inch water main put into service June 16 on Powers Avenue

between University Boulevard and Baymeadows Road has helped move

water from a water plant in the Hendricks Avenue area and one in

San Marco to boost the Mandarin plants, said Tim Perkins, the

Jacksonville Electric Authority's vice president of water and

waste water treatment.

Also, some rain has fallen, and residents, for the most part,

have been faithful to watering restrictions, Perkins said.

Perkins said he doesn't foresee any future problems in

Mandarin.

"We think as long as we get even one day of rain a week, we

will get to rest our system. I think we'll be OK," Perkins said.

The main thing is that all residents follow the odd-even

watering restrictions, which will increase water pressure for

all, Perkins said.

Meanwhile, Southside residents are still noticing lower

pressure on some days at some times. But it's nothing like what

Mandarin residents experienced, Perkins said. …

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