The City of Clermont, Florida is located in Lake County 22 miles west of Orlando; and, like its neighbor, has an economy driven largely by tourism. Although founded in 1884 and incorporated in 1916, it wasn’t until 1956 that Clermont erected one of the state’s first constructed landmarks, the 226-foot-tall Citrus Tower. Once surrounded by orange groves, the City is now largely residential with a current population of 29,358.
Water services began in the Clermont area in the early 1920s. In 2012, the Environmental Services Department for the City of Clermont manages approximately 19,000 connections, including 17,800 residential and 1,200 commercial and industrial customers. Environmental Services Director James Kinzler oversees a staff including Collection, Distribution, and Storm Department Manager Raymond Rogers, and Distribution Chief Tim Mattozzi. Until the late 2000s, the City collected meter readings by manual methods; 70 to 80 percent with touch probes, the other 20 to 30 percent with keyed entry handheld reading. The entire process involved three meter readers walking the routes for three weeks each month.