LITHIA, FL – Tampa Bay Water is hosting an open house meeting on Tues., Jan. 22, 2013, at Lithia’s Newsome High School cafeteria, 16550 Fishhawk Blvd. Residents can drop in any time between 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. to learn about upcoming construction to replace the C.W. Bill Young Regional Reservoir’s cracked erosion-control layer.
The regional reservoir has been in service for the Tampa Bay community since 2005. Abnormal cracking in the reservoir’s interior lining has limited the reservoir’s use.
To ensure the facility’s long-term reliability and performance, Tampa Bay Water hired Kiewit Infrastructure South to design and build a long-term fix. Kiewit’s solution involves removing the existing erosion-control layer, adding drains to the facility and coating the reservoir’s interior with thicker, stronger soil cement.
During the open house, residents can view display boards to learn more about the reservoir, the need for a long-term repair and the renovation design. Project team members from Tampa Bay Water and Kiewit will be available to talk with residents.
Reservoir renovation construction is scheduled to being in January 2013 and will last approximately two years. Construction is not expected to affect nearby communities since construction will take place inside the reservoir and on the top of the reservoir berm.
The regional reservoir is located near CR 672 and CR 39 in Hillsborough County. It holds more than 15 billion gallons of water for use during dry times, making the region’s water supply more drought resistant, reliable and flexible.
Tampa Bay Water is Florida’s largest wholesale water provider. The agency provides wholesale drinking water to its member governments of Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties and the cities of New Port Richey, St. Petersburg and Tampa.