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Lakeland Electric has announced a new feature on the website that allows customers to look up an approximate installation timeframe for their new Smart Meters.

“Residents throughout Lakeland are anticipating the arrival of their new Smart Meter,” said Randall Dotson, Project Manager for the Smart Grid Initiative. “The ‘My Rollout’ section on the website is a convenient way for our customers to learn which month their Smart Meter will be installed.”

Customers can now visit, type their street address or account number into the “My Rollout” box, and learn the estimated month and year their Smart Meter will be installed.”

Lakeland Electric will be replacing its current meters with Smart Meters during the remainder of 2011 and throughout 2012. In early summer, they will be launching a website that allows customers to monitor their energy usage on a real-time basis. The new Smart Meter combined with the upcoming customer usage information website gives consumers the tools to better manage their energy use. 

For information regarding the “Smarter Power. It’s in Your Hands” educational campaign or the Smart Meter installation and Smart Grid system, please contact Kevin Cook, Director of Communications for the City of Lakeland at 863-834-6264 or via e-mail at

March 16, 2011. Lakeland, FL - Lakeland Electric will be hosting a Solar Open House Event for Lakeland residents at the Lake Mirror Center on March 24th 2011. The event will provide information about the new Solar Hot Water service available through Lakeland Electric, along with information about new programs that offer zero-interest loans for qualifying energy upgrades and energy equipment rebate offers.

The event will be of particular interest to Lakeland homeowners who are looking for ways to reduce their energy bills and use renewable energy in their homes. The new Solar Hot Water service is well suited for families who own their home and want an easy way to start using renewable energy as there are no upfront costs for the solar equipment, installation or maintenance. Solar Hot Water service customers pay a monthly charge of just $34.95.

There will be two sessions: 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm; and, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm. Refreshments and snacks will be served.

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An important project is underway at the T.B. Williams Water Treatment Plant to ensure that all City of Lakeland water customers continue to receive the cleanest drinking water possible.

TLC Diversified, Inc., of Palmetto, Florida, the company contracted to complete the project, has a team of experienced professionals assigned to replace the sealant coating and filter nozzles of the six 43 foot long by 14 foot wide, by 10 feet high water filtering structures at the plant.

The three filter units use dual media (anthracite coal over silica sand) to remove suspended particles from the water to meet potable water standards and to ensure clear and safe finished water.  Filtering achieves multiple water filtering objectives including control of color and clarity and removal of tastes, odors, organic compounds and disease-producing organisms.

These filters were constructed in 1983 with the last significant work done in 1999.  The effects of normal wear and tear have degraded the integrity of the coatings, reduced the filtering efficiency and impaired equipment operation.

The process takes five to seven days to complete, per filter structure, weather permitting. The walls of the unit must meet strict temperature and moisture levels for the coating material to be applied. The process includes several steps. The tank must be drained then all adjacent equipment and exposed surfaces must be covered and sealed before the coating can be applied. After the coating has cured, the 1,300 nozzle caps are unscrewed then the nozzles are replaced with new assemblies. Finally, the new filtering media is added and water is reintroduced and tested prior to placing the filter back into service.. 

The project is planned to allow for the uninterrupted operation of the plant and is expected to last five months with a ten- year lifespan.

Twelve bids were received in December of 2009 with TLC Diversified’s bid of $619,784 being the lowest, responsive and responsible proposal.

TLC Diversified specializes in water and wastewater treatment facility related projects. Their experience includes projects for the Cities of Tamarac, Clearwater, and Leesburg.

On Saturday, April 9th from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., the City of Lakeland’s Solid Waste in coordination with the Polk County Solid Waste Division is sponsoring a FREE Household Hazardous Waste and End-Of-Life Electronics Collection Event, located at the Lakeland Center, 701 W. Lime Street, in the south parking lot west of WONN Radio Station. This Mobile Collection Event is intended to make it more convenient for our community to safely dispose of their waste and discarded electronic equipment.

Household Hazardous Waste - Accepted Materials

Paints, paint thinners, florescent light bulbs, motor oil, drain cleaners, pool chemicals, insecticides, household batteries, etc.  No biohazard (medical) waste or business waste will be accepted.

End-Of-Life Electronics – Accepted Materials

Computers, monitors, keyboards, terminals, televisions, stereos, printers, fax machines, video games consoles, wireless devices, etc.   No more than five items per household please.

Should you have any questions, please call Debbie Almon, Field Supervisor @ 834-8778.