Published on Friday, August 23, 2013
Source: Tampa Bay Water
The renovation of the 15-billion gallon regional reservoir is being done in a way that is environmentally responsible and resource-efficient. One aspect of that environmental commitment is to use all water that is collected on site during construction. No water is discharged from the site.
With this summer’s above-normal rainfall, hundreds of millions of gallons of water have been collected. In fact, every inch of rain that falls inside the reservoir equals approximately 30 million gallons of water. Water collected inside the reservoir is either used for drinking or construction. Since late June, approximately 5 million gallons per day of water from the reservoir has been treated and used for drinking. In fact, between June 26 and August 8, the reservoir has supplied more than 200 million gallons of drinking water.
Water collected onsite is also used for construction. Kiewit constructed a “pond” in the reservoir’s southern end, where the water can easily supply the soil cement batch plant or used for dust control.
The amount of collected water used for drinking will taper off as the summer rains diminish.