FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Brandon Moorebmoore@tampabaywater.org727-791-2304 | 727-470-0702
LITHIA, Fla. (June 29, 2018) – Tampa Bay Water is conducting a test of its emergency siren system at the C.W. Bill Young Regional Reservoir on Thurs., July 5, at 9 a.m. To ensure that the sirens are effective in the unlikely event of an emergency, the sirens will sound at 9 a.m. and will include three to five short blasts lasting 10-20 seconds each. This is only a test.
Tampa Bay Water has notified Hillsborough County Emergency Management, the Sheriff’s Office, Fire Rescue staff and residents surrounding the reservoir.
If residents have any questions or concerns about the sirens or the regularly scheduled testing, they may call our dedicated hotline, 1-866-INFO-H2O (1-866-463-6426) or email email@example.com. Residents may also sign up for email reminders of when the sirens will be tested at tampabaywater.org/sirentest.
Remaining 2018 Siren Test Schedule:
Should the reservoir siren system sound for an actual emergency, the sirens will sound in a continuous blast. Hillsborough County Emergency Management will immediately contact residents using text messages, emails and telephone calls. And emergency responders will be dispatched to direct residents to safe evacuation routes.
Tampa Bay Water is currently updating its Emergency Action Plan for the reservoir and will keep residents informed throughout the process. The agency is are planning a public meeting in early 2018 to discuss with residents Hillsborough County’s notification process and revisions to the Plan.
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 reservoir is located in southern Hillsborough County at 17611 Boyette Rd. Lithia, Fla.
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