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i 1 }Master Water Plan Element Overview:

TAMPA BYPASS CANAL LINEAR WELLFIELD
/PLYF; Consulting Engineer: Parsons Engineering Science, Inc.



BACKGROUND
The West Coast Regional Water Supply Authority is Florida's largest wholesale water supplier, providing
drinking water to its member governments -- Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties and the cities of St.
Petersburg, Tampa and New Port Richey. Each is represented by an elected official (or designee) who sits on
the Board of Directors. New Port Richey is represented on the Board by a non-voting member.

With input from its members, the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) and other water
and environmental experts, the Authority developed the Master Water Plan to meet the Tri-county area's
drinking water needs for the next 20 years. The Master Water Plan combines increased conservation with a
number of water supply "elements" to develop new sources of water and make better use of existing sources.

The Tampa Bypass Canal Linear Wellfield element of the Authority's Master Water Plan proposes the
development of a wellfield immediately adjacent to part of the Tampa Bypass Canal in west-central
Hillsborough County. Preliminary estimates of the safe supply available to the Tampa Bypass Canal Linear
Wellfield are in the range of 10 million gallons of water per day.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION
Studies have indicated that the Tampa Bypass Canal, which was constructed for flood control purposes by the
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers between 1966 and 1981 may have a large untapped potential as a public water
supply source.
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The Tampa Bypass Canal was constructed in an area County
where groundwater from the Floridan Aquifer (this
areas primary water supply aquifer) discharges. This
natural groundwater discharge was the source for A
Eureka Springs and various other springs along what
was known as Six-Mile Creek and the Palm River.
Construction of the Tampa Bypass Canal generally .....** :
followed the course of Six-Mile Creek and the Palm ..*
River and in some areas the canal excavation cut into .
the top of the Floridan Aquifer. The result was a large,, .
stable flow of water from the Floridan Aquifer to the N ....
Tampa Bypass Canal.County P

The Tampa Bypass Canal Linear Wellfield element of
the Master Water Plan proposes harvesting of a portion Hillsborough
of the groundwater flow in the canal through a series of County
collector wells located adjacent to the canal. This is T CAL IEAR WLLFIELD PROJECT
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expected to be primarily a wet season water supply, because
the City of Tampa has, since 1981, depended on the Tampa ",o
Bypass Canal to augment its water supply system during SAND A----- SAND
dry periods. As part of this water supply element, harvest TAMP PASS CLAY
of wet weather flows from the Hillsborough River will also __
be evaluated, and a new potable water treatment facility will 7 a
be designed and sited. LIMESTONE (FLORIDAN AQUIFER)
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PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT
Public involvement is an integral component of the proposed Tampa Bypass Canal Linear Wellfield Project.
The development of this new drinking water supply source must be discussed in the public forum, as well as
investigated from a technological, scientific perspective. Opportunities for members of the public to discuss
their concerns or questions with the project team and participate in information review and project direction will
be provided through open houses and public meetings.

STEPS IN THE STUDY PROCESS
The first phase of the project is scheduled to be completed in late summer 1997 and is proposed to include
hydrogeologic testing and water resources evaluation, siting for a new potable water treatment facility, and
preliminary evaluation of available excess wet weather flows from the Hillsborough River for supply to the
Authority's interconnected regional water supply network.

The second phase in the project is scheduled to be completed in spring 1998 and is proposed to include
permitting for withdrawal of available safe supplies from the Tampa Bypass Canal, analysis of water treatment
requirements, and preliminary design of potable water treatment facilities.

The third phase in the project is scheduled to be completed late in the year 2000 and is proposed to include final
design and permitting of potable water treatment facilities and transmission lines, construction of withdrawal,
transmission and treatment facilities.

FUNDING
The projected costs of phases one and two of the Tampa Bypass Canal Linear Wellfield Project are $1,200,000.
The estimated phase three cost is about $17,600,000. The Tampa Bypass Canal Linear Wellfield project is
funded by the Authority and its members. An application for matching funds for the project was recently
submitted to the SWFWMD.

WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT AND ASSISTANCE
To ensure that all user needs, environmental concerns and other considerations are taken into account, we invite
your participation in the upcoming phases of the study process. If you received this project overview by mail,
you are already on the project mailing list and will receive notices of meetings, newsletters and other materials
that may be developed to inform the interested public. If you would like more information about the project or
wish to be added to the mailing list, please call Mike Coates of the Authority at (813) 996-2835 or Loren
Furland of Parsons Engineering Science at (813) 933-4650.


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Master Water Plan Element Overview:
NORTH-CENTRAL HILLSBOROUGH
INTERTIE
Consulting Engineer: Post, Buckley, Schuh & Jemigan, Inc.


BACKGROUND
The West Coast Regional Water Supply Authority is Florida's largest wholesale water supplier,
providing drinking water to its member governments Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties
and the cities of St. Petersburg, Tampa and New Port Richey. Each member government is
represented by an elected official (or designee) who sits on the Board of Directors. New Port
Richey is represented on the Board by a non-voting member.

With input from its members, the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) and
other water and environment experts, the Authority developed a Master Water Plan to meet the Tri-
county area's drinking water needs over the next 20 years. The Master Water Plan combines
increased conservation with a number of projects to develop new sources of water and make better
use of existing sources.

The North-Central Intertie project will provide a pipeline interconnect between four water supply
sources and the Authority's existing Regional System.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION
The North-Central Hillsborough Intertie Su
project will connect new and expanded water
supply sources located in eastern and
southeastern Hillsborough County to the
Authority's Regional System at the Morris
Bridge Water Treatment Plant (WTP). i _
Specifically, this transmission main will...
convey flows generated from the Lithia WTP,.., *
the Tampa Bypass Canal Linear Wellfield,
the Brandon Urban Wellfield, and the Cone .
Ranch Wellfield to the Authority's Regional l s
System with a tie near the City of Tampa's Pinelas
County .
Morris Bridge WTP. *

The first stage of the project is to determine Hillsborough
the optimal routing of the pipeline. County
Alternative routes will be evaluated based
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upon such factors as environmental impacts, real estate requirements, public input, potential
contamination, soil conditions, traffic impacts, utility conflicts and cost.

The objective is to determine the most cost-effective and environmentally/publicly-acceptable
pipeline route.

PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT
Public Involvement is an integral component of the project. Opportunities for members of the
public to discuss their concerns, questions, or opinions on alternative pipeline routes are encouraged
through scheduled public meetings, briefings, group meetings and homeowner association
presentations to be conducted in the fall of 1997. The public's participation in the evaluation
process will help determine the final route selection.

STEPS IN THE STUDY PROCESS
The first stage of the project, spring 1997 spring 1998, focuses on public information and
involvement, evaluation of alternative pipeline route corridors, selection of a preferred route, and
establishing basic pipeline design criteria.

The second stage, spring 1998 summer 1999, will involve the design and permitting of the pipeline
and acquisition of any required property easements or right-of-way.

The third stage, summer 1999 fall 2000, will consist of the securing of contractor cost proposals
and the actual construction of the pipeline.

FUNDING
All stages of the project will be funded by the Authority. An application for co-funding has been
submitted to SWFWMD. The budget for the route study, design and construction is $22,885,632.

WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT AND ASSISTANCE
To ensure that all user needs and environmental and other considerations are taken into account, we
invite your participation in the upcoming phases of the study process. If you received this project
overview by mail, you are already on the project mailing list and will receive notices of meetings,
newsletters and other materials that may be developed to inform the interested public. If you would
like more information about the project or wish to be added to the mailing list, please call Donald E.
Lindeman of the Authority at (813) 996-2835 or Kenneth E. Wilson of Post, Buckley, Schuh &
Jernigan, Inc. at (813) 877-7275.


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SMaster Water Plan Element Overview:

INDUSTRIAL/AGRICULTURAL EXCHANGE
& Consulting Engineer: Law Engineering and
p' y Environmental Services, Inc.

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BACKGROUND
The West Coast Regional Water Supply Authority is Florida's largest wholesale water supplier,
providing drinking water to its member governments Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties and
the cities of St. Petersburg, Tampa and New Port Richey. Each member government is represented by
an elected official (or designee) who sits on the Board of Directors. New Port Richey is represented on
the Board by a non-voting member.

With input from its members, the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) and other
water and environment experts, the Authority developed a Master Water Plan to meet the Tri-county
area's drinking water needs over the next 20 years. The Master Water Plan combines increased
conservation with a number of projects to develop new sources of water and make better use of existing
sources.

The Industrial/Agricultural Exchange Element (Element) proposes industrial and agricultural water users
in the southern part of Hillsborough County exchange their permitted groundwater use for alternative
water sources, including surface water from the Alafia
River and reclaimed water consisting of highly treated
sanitary sewage effluent from Hillsborough County Pasco
wastewater treatment plants. A portion of water from County
both of these potential sources must continue to flow
to Tampa Bay, but the remainder, flows over the
required minimum flows, can be used for other 4
purposes.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION ",/
The SWFWMD has declared southern Hillsborough -- '
County to be a Water Use Caution Area (Southern
Water Use Caution Area (SWUCA)). It makes sense Pinel
to use those water resources more wisely, providing County
greater protection for the aquifer, reusing and
recycling water, and reserving the highest quality
water for public supply. Agricultural irrigation and Hillsborough
many industrial processes can be accomplished with County
lower quality water than is characteristic of IDUSTRIAL AGRICULTURAL EXCHANGE
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groundwater in the area. Roughly half the groundwater exchanged in conjunction with this project will
not be withdrawn for human use. By shifting water users to alternative sources and reducing
groundwater withdrawals, water levels in the aquifer will be allowed to recover. An Alafia River
reservoir will be constructed in an area previously mined for phosphate to capture and store seasonal
high flows. This reservoir and surrounding land will be designed for use as a park and recreation
facility, providing opportunities for boating, fishing, picnicking, etc. As part of the reservoir
construction, wetlands will also be created, providing additional wildlife habitat.

PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT
A key goal will be to build consensus on a project design that meets the current and future needs of the
users for a reliable supply of water of acceptable quality and adequately addresses other considerations
and concerns such as the project's proposed recreational and environmental benefits.

STEPS IN THE STUDY PROCESS
The feasibility studies and permitting necessary for the implementation of the Element involve the
following steps:

Initiation of Public, Group and Agency Involvement 1st Quarter 1997
Data Collection 4th Quarter 1996 and 1st Quarter 1997
Resource and Facility Evaluation 1st and 2nd Quarter 1997
Financial Evaluation and Funding Options 2nd and 3rd Quarter 1997
Permit Application Preparation and Submittal 3rd Quarter 1997
Final Report 3rd Quarter 1997

FUNDING
The total element cost is estimated to be $36,000,000. For the 1997 Study Phase, the estimated cost is
$1,200,000. The Alafia Basin Board of the SWFWMD has co-funded $35,000 of the 1997 costs. The
remainder of the 1997 costs will be funded by the Authority. For future years, the Authority will seek
co-funding from local, State and Federal sources, both public and private.

WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT AND ASSISTANCE
To ensure that all user needs, environmental concerns and other considerations are taken into account,
we invite your participation in the upcoming phases of the study process. If you received this project
overview by mail, you are already on the project mailing list and will receive notices of meetings,
newsletters and other materials that may be developed to inform the interested public. If you would like
more information about the project or wish to be added to the mailing list, please call Charles W. Palmer
of the Authority at (813) 996-2835 or Edwin Copeland of Law Engineering and Environmental Services
at (813) 289-0750.


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Master Water Plan Element Overview:
SOUTH-CENTRAL HILLSBOROUGH
INTERTIE
Consulting Engineer: Post, Buckley, Schuh & Jemigan, Inc.


BACKGROUND
The West Coast Regional Water Supply Authority is Florida's largest wholesale water supplier,
providing drinking water to its member governments -- Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas
counties and the cities of St. Petersburg, Tampa and New Port Richey. Each is represented by an
elected official (or designee) who sits on the Board of Directors. New Port Richey is represented
on the Board by a non-voting member.

With input from its members, the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD)
and other water and environment experts, the Authority developed the Master Water Plan to meet
the Tri-county area's drinking water needs for the next 20 years. The Master Water Plan Project
combines increased conservation with a number of project elements to develop new sources of
water and make better use of existing sources.

The South-Central Intertie project will provide a pipeline interconnect between an existing water
supply source, three new water supply sources, and the Authority's existing regional supply
system.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION
The South-Central Hillsborough Intertie project Pasco
will provide the interconnection between the County
existing South-Central Hillsborough Regional
Wellfield and Lithia Water Treatment Plant ,A
located in south and southeastern Hillsborough
County and the Tampa Bypass Canal Linear
Wellfield, the Brandon Urban Wellfield, and the 1. 1
Cone Ranch Wellfield, all new water supply ** ..""*'*
sources located north of State Road 60 in eastern
Hillsborough County. All sources will be *
connected to the Authority's System via the Pinellas
North-Central Hillsborough Intertie pipeline. County a m /.
The proposed project provides a link between the
water supplies in the south and those in the north Hillsborough
to allow flow diversion in either direction. County


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The first stage of the project is to determine the optimal routing of the pipeline. Alternative
routes will be evaluated based upon such factors as environmental impacts, real estate
requirements, public input, potential contamination, soil conditions, traffic impacts, utility
conflicts and cost.

The objective is to determine the most cost-effective and environmentally/publicly-acceptable
pipeline route.


PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT
Public Involvement is an integral component of the project. Opportunities for members of the
public to discuss their concerns, questions, or opinions on alternative pipeline routes are
encouraged through scheduled public meetings, briefings, group meetings and homeowner
association presentations to be conducted in the fall of 1997. The public's participation in the
evaluation process will help determine the final route selection.


STEPS IN THE STUDY PROCESS
The first stage of the project, Spring 1997 Spring 1998, focuses on public information and
involvement, evaluation of alternative pipeline route corridors, selection of a preferred route, and
establishing basic pipeline design criteria.

The second stage, Spring 1998 Summer 1999, will involve the design and permitting of the
pipeline and acquisition of any required property easements or right-of-way.

The third stage, Summer 1999 Fall 2000, will involve obtaining of contractor cost proposals
and constructing the pipeline.


FUNDING
All stages of the project will be funded by the West Coast Regional Water Supply Authority and
its member governments (Hillsborough County, City of Tampa, Pasco County, City of New Port
Richey, Pinellas County, City of St. Petersburg). An application for co-funding has been
submitted to SWFWMD. The budget for the route study, design and construction is
$18,880,646.


WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT AND ASSISTANCE
To ensure that all user needs and environmental and other considerations are taken into account,
we invite your participation in the upcoming phases of the study process. If you received this
project overview by mail, you are already on the project mailing list and will receive notices of
meetings, newsletters and other materials that may be developed to inform the interested public.
If you would like more information about the project or wish to be added to the mailing list,
please call Donald E. Lindeman at (813) 996-2835 or Kenneth E. Wilson of Post, Buckley,
Schuh & Jernigan, Inc. at (813) 877-7275.


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S Master Water Plan Element Overview:
BRANDON URBAN WELLFIELD

SConsulting Hydrogeologist: Terra Environmental
LLY Services, Inc.



BACKGROUND
The West Coast Regional Water Supply Authority is Florida's largest wholesale water supplier,
providing drinking water to its member governments Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties and
the cities of St. Petersburg, Tampa and New Port Richey. Each member government is represented by
an elected official (or designee) who sits on the Board of Directors. New Port Richey is represented on
the Board by a non-voting member.

With input from its members, the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) and other
water and environment experts, the Authority developed a Master Water Plan to meet the Tri-county
area's drinking water needs over the next 20 years. The Master Water Plan combines increased
conservation with a number of projects to develop new sources of water and make better use of existing
sources.

A system of active, dispersed, supply wells existed in the unincorporated Brandon area until 1988. The
Brandon Urban Wellfield project proposes the redevelopment of previously used withdrawals through
dispersed wells.
Pasco
PROJECT DESCRIPTION County
As proposed, the Brandon Urban Wellfield project
will include the use of selected, existing dispersed A .
well sites in the Brandon area in addition to new
production wells. The Brandon area has been
subject to numerous hydrologic investigations, .."* "
feasibility studies and field testing programs over. o ****
the past 15 years. Much of this work, as well as '
new data, will be used to refine the present
understanding of the proposed wellfield i ...
hydrogeology. These data will be used to develop a eC
conceptual model of the regional hydrologic system *
enabling simulation of spring flow, stream flow,
surface and groundwater levels and changes due to Hillsborough
rainfall and wellfield pumping. County


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The actual siting of wells will follow the regional hydrogeologic evaluation and will be negotiated with
interested parties. Each site will be considered with respect to selection parameters such as distance
from contaminated sites, available property, local groundwater chemistry and zoning. Finally, based on
information developed during the well site survey water resource evaluation and public involvement, the
wellfield will be designed and developed to minimize potential adverse impacts.

PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT
Public involvement is an integral component of the Brandon Urban Wellfield project. The development
of this new drinking water supply source must be discussed in the public forum, as well as investigated
from a technological, scientific perspective. A number of parties have a direct an interest in the
groundwater resources of the Brandon area, including homeowners, agricultural interests, Hillsborough
County, SWFWMD and others. Opportunities for members of the public to discuss their concerns or
questions with the project team, to participate in reviews and attend open houses and meetings will be
scheduled. The public's participation will help determine the final course of this project.

STEPS IN THE STUDY PROCESS
The first phase of work is scheduled to be complete by August 1997 and includes tasks specific to
development of the public information plan, compilation and analysis of the hydrogeologic data base,
preliminary site selection, well sampling and updating of the water resource evaluation. The second
phase of work involves refining the hydrologic model, preliminary resource impact assessment, wellfield
permitting, review of natural resources, preliminary engineering design of the wellfield and pipeline
corridors. The second phase will begin in mid-1997 and continue through the project completion date,
anticipated August 1998.

FUNDING
Currently the Brandon Urban Wellfield Project is being funded by the Authority. The total budget for
the project is $856,514, including regional water resource assessment and groundwater model
construction. A request for funding has been submitted to Southwest Florida Water Management
District and is pending.

WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT AND ASSISTANCE
To ensure that all user needs, environmental concerns and other considerations are taken into account,
we invite your participation in the upcoming phases of the study process. If you received this project
overview by mail, you are already on the project mailing list and will receive notices of meetings,
newsletters and other materials that may be developed to inform the interested public. If you would like
more information about the project or wish to be added to the mailing list, please contact Paul Miller of
the Authority at (813) 996-2835 or Dan Rothenberger of Terra Environmental Services at (813) 265-
1651.


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1o Master Water Plan Element Overview:
CONE RANCH AND DISPERSED WELLS
SConsulting Hydrogeologist: Leggette, Brasheres &
p y Graham, Inc.




BACKGROUND
The West Coast Regional Water Supply Authority is Florida's largest wholesale water supplier, providing
drinking water to its member governments Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties and the cities of
St. Petersburg, Tampa and New Port Richey. Each member government is represented by an elected
official (or designee) who sits on the Board of Directors. New Port Richey is represented on the Board by a
non-voting member.

With input from its members, the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) and other
water and environment experts, the Authority developed a Master Water Plan to meet the Tri-county area's
drinking water needs over the next 20 years. The Master Water Plan combines increased conservation with
a number of projects to develop new sources of water and make better use of existing sources.

The Authority purchased Cone Ranch in 1988 and subsequently sold it to Hillsborough County while
retaining wellfield development rights. Preliminary testing performed at the property has indicated that
good quality ground water suitable for potable supply
exists and could be developed to meet future
demands. Pasco
County
PROJECT DESCRIPTION
A major element of this project is evaluation of site
hydrogeologic conditions by way of Aquifer
Performance Testing. Aquifer Performance Testing
will help define potential groundwater availability at
the site. A testing program will be prepared and
implemented in accordance with SWFWMD '
requirements. The testing program will include the a k *
construction of several test production and Pinellas
groundwater monitor wells in the Floridan and County
Surficial aquifers.

Aquifer testing will provide information concerning Hillsborough
the groundwater flow system at the site that will in County
turn allow the Authority to investigate a series of key C CONE RANCH and DIBPERCED WELLPIELD
issues in detail. Some of the key issues that will be .- ..MASTER WATER PLAN ELEMENTS
considered include potential impacts from the CF Industries phosphate processing plant located adjacent to
Cone Ranch and potential impacts to wetlands and surface water features including Blackwater and







Itchepackesassa Creeks. Additionally, potential hydrogeologic interactions between groundwater
withdrawals and the "Sponge" dechannelization project will be evaluated. The "Sponge" project was
developed by the Hillsborough River Greenways Task Force as a pilot program to evaluate potential
improvement of Hillsborough River tributary water quality by restoring a part of the natural Cone Ranch
drainage pattern.


STEPS IN THE STUDY PROCESS
The aquifer characterization phase of this project is the first of a series of work elements that will lead to
the development of water supplies at Cone Ranch. Below is a schedule of the primary tasks.

Public Involvement January through October 1997
Aquifer Test Program January through February 1997
Test Well Construction February through June 1997
Aquifer Testing and Reporting June through October 1997


PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT
Public involvement is an integral step in the development of new water supplies. It is very important to
involve appropriate government entities, special interest groups, and the general public for consensus
building. Public meetings will take place to explain the project goals and to receive input from all
stakeholders that will assist in the development of a successful project.


FUNDING

The Cone Ranch Drilling and Testing program is currently being funded by the Authority. The total budget
for this portion of the project is $260,552 that includes testing design, well construction supervision,
performance testing and public involvement. A request for funding from SWFWMD has been submitted
and is pending. Funding for well-field development is dependent on the results of this investigation.


WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT AND ASSISTANCE

To ensure that all user needs, environmental concerns and other considerations are taken into account, we
invite your participation in the upcoming phases of the study process. If you received this project overview
by mail, you are already on the project mailing list and will receive notices of meetings, newsletters and
other materials that may be developed to inform the interested public. If you would like more information
about the project or wish to be added to the mailing list, please contact Paul Miller of the Authority at (813)
996-2835 or Frank Crum of Leggette, Brasheres & Graham at (813) 968-5228.


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-A Master Water Plan Element Overview:
LOOP 72" TRANSMISSION MAIN

& PHASE A
Y Consulting Engineer: Black & Veatch



BACKGROUND
The West Coast Regional Water Supply Authority is Florida's largest wholesale water supplier,
providing drinking water to its member governments Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties and
the cities of St. Petersburg, Tampa and New Port Richey. Each member government is represented by
an elected official (or designee) who sits on the Board of Directors. New Port Richey is represented on
the Board by a non-voting member.

With input from its members, the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) and other
water and environment experts, the Authority developed a Master Water Plan to meet the Tri-county
area's drinking water needs over the next 20 years. The Master Water Plan combines increased
conservation with a number of projects to develop new sources of water and make better use of existing
sources.

This element of the Master Water Plan is a pipeline providing a water transmission interconnect between
Hillsborough County's Lake Park Pumping Station and
the Authority's Regional System.
Pasco
County
PROJECT DESCRIPTION
This project element will provide a threefold benefit to
the Authority's Regional System as follows: 1)
provides a direct connection to the Lake Park Pumping
Station which eliminates its exclusive water supply
reliance from the Section 21 Wellfield and other *'
northwest Hillsborough facilities, 2) provides additional /* "t
hydraulic capacity within the Regional System*
transmission network which will enhance the flexibility .,
of utilizing alternative water supply sources, and 3) Pinellas
provides the first phase of a looped system by County
establishing the initial leg of a complete circle of
pipelines throughout the Authority's Regional System.
This redundancy enables the Authority to utilize County0
alternative sources of supply during a pipeline outage
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This Project involves all tasks leading to the installation of a water transmission pipeline including route
and material selection, community education, detailed design, permitting, property acquisition, and
construction. The pipeline, which is currently estimated to be of 72-inch diameter, will connect the Lake
Park Pumping Station to the Authority's Regional System in the vicinity of the Morris Bridge/Cypress
Bridge Wellfield. The specific route along which the pipe will be installed has not yet been determined.

PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT
Because the construction of a pipeline affects people and property along the route, a public education
and involvement is an integral component of this project. The goals of the campaign are to educate the
public regarding the need for the project and to inform the public of the temporary and permanent
impacts which can be expected to result from the construction. Most importantly, the public education
and involvement provides the opportunities for members of the public to discuss their concerns or
questions with the project team to ensure community concerns are addressed in the decision-making
process.

STEPS IN THE STUDY PROCESS
The preliminary design and public information tasks are currently underway. Following is a preliminary
schedule of project milestones:

Begin Preliminary Design ............ ...................................November 1996
Begin Public Information Campaign.......................................January 1997
Complete Preliminary Basis of Design Report.....................ctober 1997


FUNDING
The total cost estimate for this element including the route study, design and construction is
$25,563,251. The current budget for the route study is $246,800. Funding for this project will be
provided by the Authority and possibly by SWFWMD, to whom a co-funding application has been
submitted.


WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT AND ASSISTANCE
To ensure that all user needs, environmental concerns and other considerations are taken into account,
we invite your participation in the upcoming phases of the study process. If you received this project
overview by mail, you are already on the project mailing list and will receive notices of meetings,
newsletters and other materials that may be developed to inform the interested public. If you would like
more information about the project or wish to be added to the mailing list, please call Kenneth R. Herd
of the Authority at (813) 996-2835 or Helen O. Bennett of Black & Veatch at (813) 281-0032.


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.S Master Water Plan Element Overview:
SEAWATER DESALINATION
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
Consulting Engineer: PB Water, A Division of
TheAuthortA in Water Parsons Brinckerhoff


BACKGROUND
The West Coast Regional Water Supply Authority is Florida's largest wholesale water supplier,
providing drinking water to its member governments Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties and
the cities of St. Petersburg, Tampa and New Port Richey. Each is represented by an elected official
(or designee) who sits on the Board of Directors. New Port Richey is represented on the Board by a
non-voting member.

With input from its members, the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) and
other water and environment experts, the Authority developed the Master Water Plan to meet the Tri-
county area's drinking water needs for the next 20 years. The Master Water Plan Project combines
increased conservation with a number of project elements to develop new sources of water and
optimize use of existing sources.

As part of the Master Water Plan, a Request for Proposals (RFP) is being developed that seeks
qualified firms interested in building a 20-50 million gallon per day (mgd) seawater desalination plant.
Desalination is the process of producing fresh water by removing salt from seawater or brackish water
This effort is being cooperatively funded by the West Coast Regional Water Supply Authority and the
SWFWMD.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION
Pasco
Following a series of public workshops and County
meetings, the Authority Board of Directors
approved the Master Water Plan, which proposes z
new supply elements and pipeline interconnections
to improve water transfer capabilities within the
system. Seawater desalination is one of three ......
developmental alternatives of the Master Water t e.-
Plan, designed to bring an additional 50 million
gallons per day (mgd) of new supply on-line in six *
years. The investigation of seawater desalination is Pinellas
being overseen by an advisory committee County
comprised of staff from area regulatory agencies,
publicity utilities and the Authority. The Project
will provide the information necessary to make the county
decision regarding the implementation of a seawater EAWAT'R DEBAIATION
desalination water supply facility. *... MA STER WARR PLAN ELEMENTS







PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT


Public involvement is an integral component of the RFP process. The development of the proposed
seawater desalination plant will be discussed in public meetings in each county in addition to its
investigation from a scientific perspective. The purpose of these meetings is to disseminate
information to citizens, news media, environmental groups and elected officials, and provide a
mechanism for these stakeholders to have input into the development of this proposed alternative
water supply.

STEPS IN THE STUDY PROCESS
A Request for Qualifications (RFQ) and the RFP are being developed to seek qualified developers
interested in the funding, design/build, testing, operation and maintenance of a 20-50 mgd seawater
desalination plant. The site for the desalination plant, which may combine power generation with
desalination as a cogeneration facility, will be proposed by the developer. The plant may use reverse
osmosis or distillation or a combination thereof to deliver high quality water to the Authority at an
economically optimum cost.

Several local, state and federal agencies will need to issue permits for the Project depending on the
location, type of seawater intake and method of brine disposal. SWFWMD and the Electric Power
Research Institute (EPRI) sponsored research to determine the effects of salty brine waste on the Gulf
of Mexico. Their research, supported by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection,
demonstrated that brine can be safely disposed of using a mixing zone or dilution into seawater.
Further research is being conducted by University of South Florida (USF) to document the effect of
brine disposal on near shore ground-dwelling organisms at existing seawater desalination plants in the
Caribbean and Bahamas Islands.

The RFQ is scheduled to be completed by April/May, 1997, with the corresponding RFP advertised
and proposals evaluated by September/October 1997. Upon completion of this project, decisions can
then be made regarding the implementation of a seawater desalination water supply facility.

FUNDING
The RFP process is being cooperatively funded by the Southwest Florida Water Management District
and the West Coast Regional Water Supply Authority. The budget for this Project is $265,000.

WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT AND ASSISTANCE
To ensure that all user needs and environmental and other considerations are taken into account, we
invite your participation in the upcoming phases of the study process. If you received this element
overview by mail, you are already on the project mailing list and will receive notices of meetings,
newsletters and other materials that may be developed to inform the interested public. If you would
like more information about the project or wish to be added to the mailing list, please call Donald E.
Lindeman of the Authority at (813) 996-2835 or James H. Jensen of PB Water at (813) 289-5300.


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