ST. PETERSBURG, FL (November 3, 2016) – Today, St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman unveiled his Wastewater Improvement Plan.
The plan will increase the capacity of existing plants, line and seal targeted pipes and manholes, engineer enough redundancy in our system to sustain operations for two weeks should one of our three plants go offline or be otherwise rendered inoperable in a crisis situation, and operate totally within the rules and guidelines of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, even during a crisis. Additional capacity through the complete reopening of the Albert Whitted Wastewater facility or other facility expansions remains under consideration.
The plan calls for an estimated investment of $304 million on projects through 2021. Some of this money has already been budgeted; the plan will require an additional $142 million to complete the work. Short-term projects will take approximately two years, and the plan should be completed in five years. A healthy economy makes this important investment feasible, without any immediate need to reprioritize other unrelated city advances.
Said Mayor Kriseman: “Our residents and our environment have been failed by an outdated and compromised wastewater system. It is time to execute this plan so that we are well-prepared for a future of extreme rain events.”
To learn more about the plan, visit www.stpete.org/publicworksinfo.