W MASTER WATER PLAN
PPY ^P "A diversified solution to regional water supply needs"
The AHth"iP i'&l after
Balancing the need for water and its availability is a challenge for growing communities. The Hillsborough-Pinellas-
Pasco Tri-county area has experienced rapid growth and economic development during the past three decades that have
resulted in an increasing need for water supplies. Over the past 20 years, the Authority and it member governments
(Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties and the cities of Tampa, St. Petersburg and New Port Richey) have worked in
a cooperative alliance to meet the on-going needs of the area with its current service population of approximately 1.8
million. In 1993, the Authority began developing the Resource Development Plan, an integrated resource planning
process that involved a team of experts including the Authority's member governments, Southwest Florida Water
Management District (SWFWMD), U.S. Geological Survey, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, University
of South Florida, Saint Leo College, Hillsborough County Environmental Protection Commission, Hillsborough County
City-County Planning Commission and Tampa Bay Water Coordinating Council. Following a comprehensive analysis of
current and future demand (including conservation), existing supply sources, numerous supply alternatives, and
extensive public comment, the planning process was completed. This thorough planning process resulted in the adoption
of the Master Water Plan by the Authority Board of Directors in December 1995. The Plan balances the needs df the
environment and the community and fulfills the Board's primary
1) Aggressive conservation and reserve/rotational capacity Pasco
2) Diversified supply sources County
3) Limited additional groundwater beyond built and exchanged
4) Increased drought-proof and drought-resistant components I
5) Least cost (consistent with previous objectives)
In response to input from SWFWMD and the public, the Authority's 0 i
Board accelerated the Master Water Plan, so facilities will be
implemented in 10 years to meet the area's water needs for the next 20
years and seawater desalination will be immediately investigated as one
of the three developmental alternatives. Pinelas
The Master Water Plan is necessary because conservation alone will not I
meet the area's water needs. Of the 85 million gallons per day (mgd) of lls
new water proposed in Master Water Plan, 25 percent has been C srou ghn
dedicated as reserves to respond to system failure, fluctuations in MASTR WATER PWN ELEMENT
demand and environmental stress. Efficient use of water combined with ,,,t1r.W.o, BACK PAH
diverse new resources will ensure the vitality of Florida's environment
and economy for generations to come.
MASTER WATER PLAN PROJECT ELEMENTS
The Master Water Plan consists of numerous major water supply and transmission elements as well as an aggressive conservation program. These
elements will be developed in phases as outlined in the table below. Phase 0 includes three pipeline projects that are underway to connect existing
facilities and is proposed to add 20 mgd to the available capacity of the system. Phases 1 and 2 are new supplies to be developed In addition, the
Master Water Plan also includes a developmental alternatives phase.
Phases Supply Projected Capital
Elements Capacity Cost
Phase 0 Cypress Bndae Transmission Main 6
1995-1997 TampalHillsborough Interconnect 8 Under Construction
Morns Bndge Transmission Main 6
Cypress Bridge Permit Increase 4 $1,400,000 .
Phase 1 Tampa Bypass Canal Linear Wellfield 10 $17,578,842
1995-2000 (& North-Central Hllsborough Intertie) $22,885,632
Industrial/Agricultural Exchange 12 $36,338854
(& South-(entral HIllsborough Intertle) $18,880,646 -_--_ -
Branaon urban vwelifela 12 $23,886,341'-
Phase 2 Cone Ranch & Dispersed Wells 12 540.405,302
2000-2005 Hillsborough Bay Resource Exchange $108,175,013
(& Loop 72 Transmission Phase A) 35 $25 563.251
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Developmental Brackish Water Desalination 4-20
Alternatives Hillsborough River High Water 15-25 $500.000"
Seawater Desalinaton 20-50
The Plan includes an aggressive conservation program that is expected to reduce .:.-
per capital use by 10 mgd In 2000 and 17 mgd in 2005. -
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The Master Water Plan addresses not only development of new sources, but also efficient use and reuse of water. Over the past several years, the
Authority and its members have embarked on major conservation programs such as reclaimed water for irrigation, water rate structures that
encourage conservation and restrictions on outdoor water use. These and other demand management efforts generated a 14 percent reduction in per
capital use between 1989 and 1994. The Plan includes a comprehensive regional assessment that is designed to gauge potential water savings and
cost-effectiveness of these various programs. This assessment will frame an extensive regional demand management plan for the future.
Cypres Bridge Transmission Main As recommended in SWFWMD's "Water Supply Needs & Sources 1990-2020," this element optimizes the
use of existing constructed capacity by increasing production approximately 4 mgd. Contact Person: Kenneth R Herd ofthe Authority at (813) 996-
Tampa/Hlflsborough Interconnect By connecting the City of Tampa's Hillsborough River system with Hillsborough County's northwest
service area, this element will utilize Hillsborough River water supply and enable existing groundwater facilities to be rested. Estimated additional
capacity of8 mgd. CotactPerson: Charles W Palmer ofthe Authority at (813) 996-2835.
Morris Bridge Transmission Main This element will provide an additional capacity of approximately 6 mgd by connecting the City of Tampa's
Morris Bridge Wellfield to the existing Regional System. Contact Person: Kenneth R Herdofthe Authority at (813) 996-2835.
Cypress Bridge Permit Increase This element will increase the Cypress Bridge Wellfield water use permit within existing constructed capacity.
The increase is expected to have a capacity of approximately 4 mgd. Contact Person: Mike Coates ofthe Authority at (813) 996-2835.
Tampa Bypass Canal Linear Wellfield Recent studies conducted on behalf of the Authority and the City of Tampa indicate that additional
supply may be available at the Tampa Bypass Canal. This element proposes development of a linear wellfield along the Tampa Bypass Canal with a
capacity of 10 mgd. Contact Person: Mike Coates of the Authority at (813) 996-2835 or Loren Furland ofParsons Engineering Science at (813)
North-Central Hillsborough Intertie This element will convey from the vicinity of the Tampa Bypass Canal to the southem end of the Morris
Bridge Transmission Main. Contact Person: Donald E. Lindeman ofthe Authority at (813) 996-2835 or Kenneth E. Wilson ofPost, Buckley, Schuh
& Jerigan, Inc. at (813) 877-7275.
Industrial/Agricultural Exchange This element proposes several options: First, providing reclaimed water from Hillsborough County to
industrial users in exchange for a portion of their permitted use of springs in south-central Hillsborough County. Second, providing surface water to
agricultural users in exchange for their permitted groundwater supply. With this option, total groundwater withdrawals will be reduced and excess
surface water could be captured from the Alafia River (proposed as a water supply option in the SWFWMD "Water Supply Needs and Sources
1990-2020."), and stored in a reservoir in mined phosphate areas. In addition, as the reservoir lake is constructed, the surrounding environment will
be restored and enhanced for wildlife. Third, aquifer storage and recovery (ASR) is also under consideration for seasonal storage of excess surface
water. Estimated additional capacity of 12 mgd. Contact Person: Charles W. Palmer ofthe Authority at (813) 996-2835 or Edwin Copeland ofLaw
Engineering andEnvirnmental Services at (813) 289-0750.
South-Central Hillsborough Intertie This element will convey Industrial/Agricultural Exchange water to the southern end of the North-Cental
Hillsborough Intertie. Contact Person: Donald E. Lindeman of the Authority at (813) 996-2835 or Kenneth E. Wilson of Post Buckley, Schuh &
Jerigan, Inc. at (813) 877-7275.
Brandon Urban Wellfield This element involves the redevelopment of previously used urban withdrawals through dispersed wells in Brandon.
Existing wells and sites will be utilized where feasible and the specific location of new wells and the wellfield pipeline will be negotiated with
interested parties. Estimated additional capacity of 12 mgd. Contact Person: Paul Miller ofthe Authority at (813) 996-2835 or Dan Rothenberger of
Terra Envirmental Services at (813) 265-1651.
Cone Ranch and Dispersed Wells Located in northeast Hillsborough County, this element consists of supply from Cone Ranch and selected
dispersed wells along a pipeline connecting Cone Ranch and the Brandon Urban Wellfield SWFWMD's "Water Supply Needs & Sources 1990-
2020" identifies Cone Ranch as a "reliable abundant source of high quality water...capable of producing substantial quantities." As proposed, this
project will provide an estimated additional 12 mgd and includes implementation of a dechannelization/ rehydration project at Cone Ranch. The
specific location of wells and the wellfield pipeline will be negotiated with interested parties. Contact Person: Paul Miller ofthe Authority at (813)
996-2835 or Frank Crun ofLeggette, Brasheres & Graham at (813) 968-5228.
Hillsborough Bay Resource Exchange This element consists of reuse of highly treated water from Tampa's Howard F. Curen Wastewater
Treatment Facility. A portion of water presently discharged to Hillsborough Bay would be diverted into a supplemental treatment facility. This
"super treated" repurified water will then be pumped to the Tampa Bypass Canal. Concurrently, a linear wellfield located along the canal will
withdraw groundwater, which would be treated again before entering the regional system. This element includes the Tampa Water Resource
Recovery project, co-funded by the City of Tampa, the Authority, SWFWMD and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Estimated additional
capacity of 35 mgd. Contact Person: David Bracciano ofthe Authority at (813) 996-2835.
Loop 72 Transmission Phase A This element provides a threefold benefit 1) interconnects Hillsborough County's Lake Park Pumping Station to
the Regional System, 2) provides additional water capacity within the regional transmission network and 3) provides the first phase of a looped
system by establishing the initial leg of a complete circle of pipelines throughout the Regional System. Contact Person: Kenneth R. Herd of the
Authority at (813) 996-2835 or Helen O. Bennett ofBlack & Veatch at (813) 281-0032
DEVELOPMENTAL ALTERNATIVES PHASE
Seawater Desalination This developmental alternative provides purified water from the Gulf of Mexico for introduction to the Regional System.
Estimated capacity of 20 50 mgd. Contact Person: DonaldE. Lindeman oftheAuthority at (813) 996-2835 or or James H Jensen ofPB water at
Brackish Water Desalination This developmental alternative provides purified brackish water from the coastal areas for introduction to the
Regional System. Estimated capacity of 4 20 mgd. Contact Person: Kenneth R. Herd ofthe Authority at (813) 996-2835
Hillsborough River High Water This developmental alternative provides Hillsborough River water into the Regional System via Tampa Bypass
Canal during high surface water conditions. Estimated capacity of 15 25 mgd. Contact Person: Kenneth R Herdofthe Authority at (813) 996-