Tampa Water Resource Recovery Project
FACT SHE E T
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
City of Tampa
Southwest Florida Water Management District
West Coast Regional Water Supply Authority
Additional Information o .
Brad Baird, City of Tampa
Phil Waller, Montgomery Watson
Adequate drinking water supplies are vital to this region's growth and sustained quality of life.
The Tampa Bay region typically receives more than 50 inches of rain per year, but periodic
droughts and increased withdrawal of groundwater as the main source of drinking water
has prompted local decision-makers to investigate the development of alternative drinking
High-quality water, currently produced by treating wastewater at the City of Tampa's Howard
F. Curren Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant, is being discharged into Hillsborough Bay.
With additional treatment, this water can be made as clean or cleaner than Hillsborough River
water, Tampa's primary source of drinking water, and can safely augment existing water supplies.
The City of Tampa, the West Coast Regional
Water Supply Authority and the Southwest
Florida Water Management District are HILLSBOROUGH
cooperating on the Tampa Water Resource
Recovery Project (Project) to examine
repurified water as a new water resource for Rs r vv r
the region. Several project implementation
options will be investigated. The Project will Tm/ =Tl Bypass
NOT compare the feasibility of repurification Tampa
with other supply sources. The focus of the
project is to develop the repurification option a.wrd currn AWr rFaclty
as completely as possible. This source
can then more accurately be compared with
other supply sources in the future.
TAMPA WATER RESOURCE RECOVERY PROJECT
Fact Sheet-Page 2
The technology being considered for the Project is similar to technology that has been used to
safely repurify treated wastewater at the Upper Occoquan facility in Virginia since 1978. Highly
treated wastewater is treated AGAIN using lime softening, filtration, granular activated carbon, and
disinfection, and then blended with other drinking water sources. The resulting repurified water is
as clean or cleaner than most other drinking water sources. A unique feature of repurified water is
that this renewable resource can be created year-round and is unaffected by drought.
Several local, state and federal agencies will need to issue permits for the Project. Under the
provisions of legislation created in 1995, an ecosystem "team" permit for this project will be
explored. Team permitting differs from conventional permitting in that it examines a project as a
single comprehensive effort to foster environmental innovation, expedite the regulatory process and
create net environmental benefits. This ecosystem management approach to permitting is based on
coordinating activities of state and local governmental programs, as well as voluntary programs,
with the needs of business, private land owners and the public.
Public involvement is an integral component of the Project The development of this new drinking
water supply source must be discussed in the public forum, as well as investigated from a techno-
logical, scientific perspective. Opportunities for members of the public to discuss their concerns or
questions with the Project team, to participate in a review committee, and to attend open houses
and meetings will be scheduled. The public's participation in the review process will help deter-
mine whether the Project should be implemented.
The first phase of the Project, from mid-1996 through mid-1997, focuses on public information
and involvement, investigating environmental effects and the evaluation of siting and conveyance
alternatives. The second phase, from mid-1997 through mid-1998, will involve the conceptual
design of the repurified water system, economic analysis and funding scenarios, development of
interlocal agreements and a final project implementation recommendation. The scope of the
second phase is dependent on the findings and conclusions of the first phase.
The first and second phases of the project, from environmental analysis through conceptual design,
will be funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the City of Tampa, SWFWMD and
WCRWSA. The budget for the first phase is $957,033. A budget and scope for the second phase
have not been developed and will be contingent on the outcome of the first phase.