FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Brandon Moorebmoore@tampabaywater.org727-791-2304 | 727-470-0702
LITHIA, Fla. – Tampa Bay Water is conducting a test of its emergency siren system at the C.W. Bill Young Regional Reservoir on Sat., April 12 at 12:00 p.m. To ensure that the sirens are effective in the unlikely event of an emergency, the sirens will sound at 12:00 p.m. and continue for about 5 minutes. This is only a test.
Tampa Bay Water has notified Hillsborough County Emergency Management, the Sheriff’s Office and Fire Rescue staff of the siren test and has sent notification letters to residents surrounding the reservoir.
After the test is concluded, Tampa Bay Water would like to know how well the residents heard the siren. This information will be combined with other test results so the agency can ensure the siren notification system is effective. Tampa Bay Water is asking those who hear the test to please go to www.tampabaywater.org/sirentest to tell us their experience. If residents do not have access to the Internet, they can participate by calling our dedicated hotline, 1-866-INFO-H2O (1-866-463-6426).
The sirens were installed in 2004 during construction of the Regional Reservoir. The reservoir began operations in 2005 and operated safely and effectively for seven years before being taken offline for renovation. The purpose of the sirens is to notify those closest to the facility of an emergency situation that requires immediate evacuation. The siren notification system will continue after the reservoir renovation is complete and operations resume in the summer of 2014.
The reservoir is located in southern Hillsborough County at 17611 Boyette Rd. Lithia, FL.
Tampa Bay Water provides wholesale water to the public utility systems of Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties, as well as the cities of New Port Richey, St. Petersburg and Tampa. To learn more about Tampa Bay Water, please visit www.tampabaywater.org.
For news media requests, please contact: Michelle Stom, MPA, APR Chief of Staff/Chief Strategy Officer O: (727) 791-2305 | M: (727) 418-4652 Brandon Moore, APR Public Communications Manager O: (727) 791-2304 | M: (727) 470-0702