Tampa Bay Water’s Long-term Master Water Plan is the utility’s blueprint for water supply development to ensure the region has adequate drinking water in the future. Periodically, new water supply project concepts come to the utility from outside this process, which can affect project selection timing and make project comparisons and ranking difficult due to disparities in data and feasibility studies.
To ensure all projects are analyzed equally by detailed direct comparison and are within the utility’s planning cycle, Tampa Bay Water’s board in January approved a Long-term Master Water Plan policy that establishes:
The new policy is designed to formalize the planning process for all potential projects, provide the board with apples-to-apples data by which it can compare projects, and save the utility time and money by securing commitments from outside entities before dollars are spent on more detailed feasibility studies. The new policy does not preclude the board from approving projects to meet short-term demand or for emergencies.