CLEARWATER, Fla. — Construction recently began on a $34 million reverse osmosis water treatment plant that is expected to double the drinking water production in Clearwater, Fla., according to the Clearwater Patch.

Once the facility is complete up to 6.25 million gallons of brackish water will be converted to drinking water daily for Clearwater Public Utility users, noted the article.

"For decades to come, this new water plant will serve the needs of the city‘s water customers by providing them with a high quality of drinking water," Tracy Mercer, public utilities director, said in a release.

The plant is expected to be completed by the end of 2014.

The new facility will increase the city’s water production and reduce its reliance on other sources.

Clearwater currently buys 70 percent of its water from the county, and spends around $6 million a year on water.

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