Left to right: Diesel piping improvements at Cypress Creek facility; Automated gates at Tampa Bypass Canal; Temporary pumps at Brandon Booster Station
Construction Projects Maintain Constant Flow of Water
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Providing a constant flow of clean, safe water to the region takes careful planning and considerable infrastructure. At the November board meeting, Tampa Bay Water gave an update on projects that were completed or in various stages of construction.

Four projects at approximately $4.6 million were completed and closed out: 

  • Diesel piping improvements at the Cypress Creek Water Treatment Plant and High Service Pump Station automate filling the generator fuel tanks and prevent spills.
  • Automating the gates at the Tampa Bypass Canal allows Tampa Bay Water staff to remotely control these gates, lowering labor costs and expediting movement of the gates, thereby improving overall efficiency.
  • Temporary pumps at the Brandon Booster Station send up to 5 mgd of existing water to Hillsborough County’s Lithia Water Treatment Plant.
  • Brandon Booster Station underground piping

Top row left to right: Brandon Booster Station exterior wall construction; Eldridge-Wilde Wellfield wellhouse construction; South Pasco Water Treatment Plant new sodium hypochlorite tanks; Botton row left to right: Repump station new above-ground piping; Lake Bridge concrete trenches for new chemical piping; New generator at Cypress Bridge Wellfield.

Six projects are currently under construction for a combined total of $39.5 million:

  • Brandon Booster Station, scheduled to be online by the end of 2023, will send an additional 5 -7 million gallons of water per day (mgd) to Hillsborough County’s Lithia Water Treatment Plant.
  • Eldridge-Wilde Wellfield improvements replaces pumps, motors and enclosures at 24 wells and replaces existing overhead power lines with underground and overhead power lines.
  • South Pasco Water Treatment Plant caustic feed system will improve the overall quality of the water coming from the plant to the regional system by raising the pH of the final treated water to a level similar to the pH level of the regional system
  • Repump Station raw water line valve repair will replace an existing valve with a new 36-inch control valve, which will help move water from the C.W. Bill Young Regional Reservoir and the Alafia River to the Tampa Bay Regional Surface Water Treatment Plant.
  • Lake Bridge chemical piping replacement will replace chemical piping, pumps and tanks and add new injection points inside the Lake Bridge Water Treatment Plant which will improve the plant’s reliability and maintain the overall quality of the water going to the regional system.
  • Cypress Bridge Wellfield improvements will ill improve reliability and safety by replacing infrastructure that has reached the end of its useful life and improve standby power and connectivity, and electrical safety.