Public Service Announcement

Key Largo Wastewater Treatment District needs your cooperation to protect the wastewater system particularly now due to the current COVID-19 outbreak. People are cleaning and disinfecting more frequently with bleach wipes and potentially substituting other items for toilet paper, such as baby wipes and paper towels.

KLWTD is asking customers to throw these items in the trash, not flush them down the toilet. These items do not break down in the sewer system and can cause significant clogs that could lead to equipment failures and treatment plant issues.

It is important to only dispose of toilet paper and human waste in the toilet. Otherwise, it can cause costly clogs or back-ups in your sewer system.

Here is a list of items that should never be flushed down the toilet:

Disposable wipes (even if marked “flushable”)
Wet Wipes
Paper Towels
Facial Tissues
Face-cleaning wipes
Grease / Oils
Feminine hygiene products
Cotton Swabs / Cotton Balls
Diapers
Dental Floss
Medicines / Vitamins
Cigarettes / Cigar butts

For more information on this topic please check out this article from the Environment, Health, and Safety website.  Enviro Managers and Water Departments Urge Public not to Flush Wipes

Public Service Announcement

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Key Largo Wastewater Treatment District (KLWTD) are working together to respond to water quality concerns from Key Largo residents. Recently, DEP and the KLWTD received an influx of calls regarding a strong “sewage odor” in some residential canals, mainly on the oceanside of Key Largo and Tavernier. Working in collaboration with DEP, the KLWTD staff collected and tested water samples in canals, which did not show any evidence of sewage contamination. Rather, DEP Investigators observed large amounts of dead sargassum seaweed, which when decays inside the canal, may cause a sulfur gas odor and low dissolved oxygen levels. DEP is partnering with the Key Largo Wastewater Treatment District to address these concerns.

If you encounter fish that are either dead or in poor physical condition, please contact FWC’s toll-free Fish Kill Hotline at 1-800-636-0511.

Unflushable Item

Safety Training Incentive Program

Chris Kittelson, of Preferred Governmental Insurance Trust presented the Key Largo Wastewater Treatment District with a $5,000 check on Friday, October 19th, as part of an annual Matching Incentive Training Program. The District was reimbursed for specialized training courses that employees attend monthly, and other safety related expenses.

Safety Training Incentive Program

Thank You Letter from the Community

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