Title: Master Water Plan Projects Status Report of March 1998
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Title: Master Water Plan Projects Status Report of March 1998
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Abstract: Jake Varn Collection - Master Water Plan Projects Status Report of March 1998 - (JDV Box 108)
General Note: Box 16, Folder 13 ( Master Water Plan Project, Partnership Agreement, Governance/Water Agreement ), Item 4
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MARCH 1998

Prepared by:
Kathleen Coates
Resource Projects Department
(352) 796-7211, ext. 4238

Master Water Plan Projects

(1) Seawater Desalination
(2) Enhanced Surface Water Project
Alafia River
Tampa Bypass Canal
Hillsborough River
(3) Tampa Water Resource Recovery Project
(4) Brandon Urban Dispersed Wells
(5) Cone Ranch Wellfield
(6) Cypress Bridge Permit Expansion
(7) Loop 72 Transmission Main
(8) North-Central Intertie
(9) South-Central Intertie
(10) Demand Management


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The project includes the Alafia River, Hillsborough River, and Tampa Bypass Canal (TBC) high
water projects, as well as the South-Central Intertie. The water would be piped to a 26 billion
gallon reservoir in south-central Hillsborough County, prior to treatment and distribution to the
regional system.

Water Supply Capacity: up to 67 mgd Estimated Cost: $206 million

SWFMWD Contacts: WCRWSA Contacts:
Harry Downing (Alafia River) Charlie Palmer (Alafia River)
Mark Haberman (Alafia River WUP issues) Mike Coates (TBC/Hillsborough River)
Robert Peterson (TBC/Hillsborough River) Robert Lue (overall project)
Sid Flannery (both projects environmental issues)

Status: (3/20/98)
Two separate WUP applications will be filed in late May. One is for the Alafia River withdrawal
The other is for the combined TBC/Hillsborough River withdrawal. The hydrologic evaluations
for these projects are being performed separately. A systems engineer, hired by WCRWSA, is
evaluating the overall integrated project. WCRWSA is continuing discussions regarding the
availability of a reservoir site.

Alafia River. One pre-application meeting has been held. Consultants have completed a
technical memo which includes proposed withdrawal quantities and schedules. The withdrawal
location is below Lithia Springs. The proposed long-term average withdrawal is 17.5 mgd.
Withdrawals would vary from year to year, depending on climatic conditions. The National
Audobon Society has applied to SWFWMD for cooperative funding to create the Alafia River
Greenways Task Force. A citizen's committee, the Alafia River Basin Stewardship Council, has
been formed to advise regarding the development, conservation, preservation, and enhancement
of the Alafia River.

TBC/Hillsborough River. Two WUP pre-application meetings have been held between the
District, WCRWA, and the City of Tampa. WCRWSA consultants completed a technical memo
which includes proposed withdrawal quantities and schedules. The memo was submitted to the
District in mid-March. Excess water from the Hillsborough River would be diverted across
Structure 161 to the TBC. Water would then be withdrawn from the TBC lower pool. A third
meeting between District, the City of Tampa, and WCRWSA is planned for mid-April.

Current issues:
(1) WCRWSA would prefer to allow for variation in year to year withdrawals, depending on
climatic conditions, rather than being limited to a specific annual average value. District staff
are evaluating how this might be accommodated under the current Water Use Permit regulations.
(2) WCRWSA has hired Coastal Env. to address cumulative impacts from this project, seawater
desalination, the Tampa Water Resource Recovery Project, the Cone Ranch Wellfield, and the
Brandon Urban Dispersed Wells.


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The project is examining the feasibility of the design and construction of a seawater desalination
facility to provide up to 50 mgd of potable water.

Water Supplv Capacity: up to 50 mgd Estimated Cost: variable

SWFWMD Contacts: Gene Schiller WCRWSA Contact: Don Lindeman
Mark Hammond

Status (3/23/98):
WCRWSA hired Parsons Brinckerhoff(PB Water) to develop a Request for Proposals for the
design and construction of a 20 mgd seawater desalination facility, and to subsequently rank the
proposals. In December 1997, proposals were received from five pre-qualified consultants.
Public information meetings were held during January to March. In March, the proposal
evaluation and ranking was submitted to the WCRWSA. One of the proposals did not meet the
specified criteria.

The ranking of the four qualified proposals is : (1) Progress Energy/Ionics Partership, (2) Stone
& Webster, (3) Florida Seawater Desalination Company, and (4) Florida Water Partners. The
first-year costs for a 20 mgd supply range from $2.12 to $2.90 without SWFWMD grant funding
and range from $1.54 to $2.44 with a $50 million SWFWMD grant.

The rankings will be discussed at a WCRWSA Board workshop on April 20, 1998. In May, the
WCRWSA Board will interview the four consultant teams and PB Water will contact individual
WCRWSA Board members to review the interviews. A final ranking will be submitted to the
WCRWSA Board in June 1998. Following the final ranking, WCRWSA will begin negotiations
with the top teams on the basis of agreement. The basis of agreement will address project costs.
In August 1998, WCRWSA will select the top-ranked team and a final GO/NO GO decision is
anticipated in September 1998.

During this spring and summer, environmental issues will be further evaluated. WCRWSA has
hired Coastal Environmental to examine potential cumulative impacts associated with seawater
desalination, the Enhanced Surface Water Project, and the Tampa Water Resource Recovery

Other ongoing issues include the permitting process, public comment & involvement, the
consideration of options greater than 20 mgd, and the potential cost impact of the SWFWMD

Current Issues:


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The Tampa Water Resource Recovery Project, proposes to create up to 50 mgd of purified water
by further treating reclaimed water generated at the City of Tampa's Howard F. Curren Advanced
Wastewater Treatment Plant. The purified water would be used to augment existing water
supplies in the Tampa Bypass Canal and Hillsborough River Reservoir. The second phase of the
project, the Hillsborough Bay Resource Exchange, consists of withdrawing up to 45 mgd of the
mixed surface water and purified water in the Tampa Bypass Canal. This water would be sent to
a new regional water treatment plant prior to being distributed to the regional system.

Water Supply Capacity: 35 mgd (annual average)

Estimated Cost: 129 million Tampa Water Resource Recovery
107 million Hillsborough Bay Resource Exchange

SWFWMD Contacts: WCRWSA Contact: Dave Bracciano
Kathleen Coates (contract manager)
Robert Peterson (regulatory issues)

Status (3/23/98):
The project sponsors are meeting monthly with regulatory agencies as part of the Ecosystem
Team Permitting process. A Team Permit application will be submitted to the Florida
Department of Environmental Protection in June 1998. The permitting process was delayed by a
month, due in part to the decision to move the purified water discharge point from the south end
of the TBC middle pool to the north end. The draft Environmental Impact Statement, required
for projects receiving federal funds, is anticipated to be complete in May 1998. A record of
decision will be issued by the Environmental Protection Agency in October or November 1998.

The Independent Advisory Panel, which examined health issues, determined that the project can
be safely implemented. A final report, summarizing the Panel's findings and recommendations,
will be completed in April. The Public Working Committee has completed a final report. The
PWC endorsed the project and recommended that it be implemented as soon as possible.

Current Issues: (1) The team permit application will be submitted in June rather than May due
to delays associated with the air permit and the relocation of the discharge point to the north end
of the canal. (2) The National Research Council released a draft report on potable reuse on
March 11, 1998. They concluded that "planned indirect potable reuse is a viable application of
reclaimed water" when the proposed project includes multiple barriers, contaminant monitoring,
health and safety testing, and system reliability evaluation. The Tampa Project meets these
requirements. The NRC committee stated that "potable reuse is an option of last resort. It
should be adopted only if other measures, including other water sources, nonpotable reuse, and
water conservation, have been evaluated and rejected as technically or economically infeasible."
In the Tampa Bay region, nonpotable reuse and conservation have been aggressively pursued.
Because other water sources are limited, alternative sources, such as purified water, are needed.



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The project proposes to develop up to 8 mgd of groundwater supply capacity, using existing and
new dispersed wells located in the Brandon area.

Water Supply Capacity: up to 8 mgd Estimated Cost: $23.8 million

SWFWMD Contact: Ed Kouadio WCRWSA Contact: Paula Dye

Status: (3/20/98)
The WUP application is anticipated to be submitted in late May. Two pre-application meetings
have been held between SWFWMD and WCRWSA. Consultants to WCRWSA are performing
hydrological and ecological evaluations. A technical memo is available. The District has set up
an internal technical advisory committee to review and evaluate the integrated ground-
water/surface water model, which is anticipated to be submitted as part of the WUP application.

Current Issues: Due to potential impacts to the Most Impacted Area in the Southern Water Use
Caution Area, WCRWSA will request 8 mgd rather than 12 mgd.

The project proposes to develop up to 12 mgd of groundwater supply capacity at the 12,000 acre
Cone Ranch site which is located in northeast Hillsborough County.

Water Supply Capacity: up to 12 mgd Estimated Cost: $40.3 million

SWFWMD Contact: Robert Peterson WCRWSA Contact: Jim Lui

Status: (3/20/98)
The WUP application will be submitted in the Summer of 1999. SWFWMD has installed ten
pairs of nested surficial/Upper Floridan wells to characterize the site geology. WCRWSA has
installed additional test wells and has completed three aquifer performance tests. A report
summarizing the test results is anticipated in May. WCRWSA has selected CH2MHill to
perform the preliminary design.

Current Issues: none


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The project proposes to develop an additional 4 mgd of groundwater supply capacity at the
Cypress Bridge wellfield..

Water Supply Capacity:

SWFWMD Contact:

up to 4 mgd

John Parker

Estimated Cost: $1.4 million

WCRWSA Contact: Jim Lui

Status: (3/23/98)
A technical advisory committee was formed to evaluate the conditions at which pumpage might
be increased from 8 mgd to 12 mgd. The objective is develop a levels-based Operating Plan. To
date, the committee has met several times.

Current Issues: Pasco and Hillsborough County staff believe that several years of operating data
are needed to develop the Operating Plan.

This 72-inch transmission main is the first phase in a proposed looped system. The transmission
main will connect the Lake Park Pumping Station (Section 21 Wellfield) to the WCRWSA
regional system. The main will provide increased hydraulic capacity and operational flexibility
within the regional system.

Water Supply Capacity:

SWFWMD Contacts:
To be determined

not applicable

Estimated Cost: $25.6 million

WCRWSA Contact: Don Lindeman

Status (3/23/98):
WCRWSA and its consultants are evaluating alternative routes.

Current Issues: none


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This transmission main will interconnect the Brandon Urban Dispersed Wells and the Cone
Ranch Wellfield with the existing WCRWSA regional system near the City of Tampa's Morris
Bridge Water Treatment Plant.

Water Supply Capacity: not applicable

SWFWMD Contacts:
To be determined

Estimated Cost: $22.9 million

WCRWSA Contact: Don Lindeman

Status (3/23/98):
A preliminary route has been selected and presented to the public at Armwood High School in
Seffner on February 12, 1998.

Current Issues:


This transmission main will interconnect, via the north-central intertie, the Enhanced Surface
Water Project, the Brandon Urban Dispersed Wells, and the Cone Ranch Wellfield to the
WCRWSA regional system. (See also Enhanced Surface Water Project)

Water Supply Capacity:

SWFWMD Contacts:
To be determined

not applicable

Estimated Cost: $18.9 million

WCRWSA Contact: Don Lindeman

Status (3/23/98):
A preliminary route has been selected and presented to the public at Mann Middle School in
Brandon on February 17, 1998.

Current Issues:



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As a component of its Master Water Plan (MWP), the WCRWSA presented aggressive water
conservation goals that have the potential to provide a 10 mgd reduction in average daily water
demand by the year 2000, 17 mgd by 2005, and as much as 42 mgd by 2030. To achieve the
MWP demand management goals, WCRWSA authorized the development of a Regional Water
Supply Demand Management Plan (DMP). The DMP, which was completed in June 1997,
forecasted future water demand and developed cost-effective strategies to reduce demands in
accordance with the goals of the MWP.

The Demand Management Implementation Plan (DMIP), which is currently underway, takes
these conservation strategies one step further. Upon its completion in June 1998, the DMIP will
provide standardized models for characterizing and forecasting individual member government
water demands both restricted and nonrestricted. Additionally, computerized templates will be
provided, allowing each member government to choose from a menu of water conservation
program options that best suit the needs of the member and the WCRWSA. The templates will
track and estimate program participation, water savings, and program costs. Finally, the DMIP
will evaluate conservation pricing incentives and pricing structures that could be employed by the
WCRWSA to encourage member governments to implement demand management measures.

Water Supply Capacity: 17 mgd by 2005 Estimated Cost: $9 million/yr x 10 years

SWFWMD Contact: Lou Kavouras WCRWSA Contacts: Dave Bracciano
Robert Lue
Ayres Associates, Inc.

At the December 1997 WCRWSA Board of Directors meeting, the Board directed staff to create
a Demand Management Implementation Plan Oversight Committee, specifically requiring the
committee to meet in the "sunshine" and report directly to the board on demand management
implementation. The goal of the committee is to provide input and comments on deliverables
developed as part of the DMIP. The committee has been meeting twice per month since January
to monitor the development of the plan, and to provide the necessary input for the forecast
models and best management practices.

Current Issues:
An issue that has not yet been addressed and needs to be discussed at a higher staff level than
the Oversight Committee is the issue of equitable expectations of individual member
governments in achieving the regional reduction goals. For example, a required "across-the-
board" gross demand reduction would penalize those members who have already implemented
conservation programs. One option might be to set a specific per capital goal for the region, with
a similar % reduction for non-residential use sectors.

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