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New Pluris water pilot study worries Wedgefield neighbors

Neighbors in one east Orange County neighborhood worry their water company is conducting a live pilot study in their backyard -- using potentially hazardous chemicals.

In June 2016, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection fined Pluris more than $1,200 for low chlorine residual levels. The company was forced to come up with a corrective action plan.

In August, Pluris-Wedgefield hoped for a solution: They applied to the DEP for a "full-scale demonstration testing study," using chlorine dioxide, in order to lower elevated disinfection by-products, Total Trihalomethanes or TTHMs.

The DEP responded in September, requiring further assurances and information from the company. In late November, Pluris submitted a second proposal, which the DEP approved, with conditions.