Tampa Bay Water Completes Several Projects Under Budget in 2021
It takes substantial infrastructure to meet the region’s water needs. Whether it’s building new facilities and pipelines or simply maintaining the current ones, Tampa Bay Water always has projects in varying stages in the works to ensure it can supply clean, high-quality, affordable drinking water to its member governments.
Tampa Bay Water currently has nine projects in construction. They include improvements at the Tampa Bay Seawater Desalination Facility, Cypress Creek Water Treatment Plant and Eldridge-Wilde Wellfield; automating the Tampa Bypass Canal gates; adding solar to the C.W. Bill Young Regional Reservoir; expanding and updating the High Service Pump Station and building a new purchasing warehouse and a test well for a potential new wellfield.
So far this year, the utility has completed and closed out four projects for a total cost of $3.9 million, 9.5 percent under budget. These include replacing the starters at the Tampa Bypass Canal Pump Station, building an entrance canopy for the Tampa Bay Regional Surface Water Treatment Plant entrance, and replacing the generators and pumps and other improvements at the South-Central Hillsborough Wellfield.
At the utility’s June board meeting, Rick Menzies, construction manager for Tampa Bay Water, presented updates on these projects as part of a new, quarterly construction update to the board. See the presentation here.