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AN INNOVATIVE PARTNERSHIP: THE TAMPA BAY REGIONAL RECLAIMED WATER AND DOWNSTREAM AUGMENTATION PROJECT

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Abstract:

The City of Tampa's Howard F. Curren Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant produces high quality water that historically has been largely discharged to Hillsborough Bay. In the past, the general demand for treated wastewater was low, as potable water sources were plentiful and relatively inexpensive. In the Tampa Bay area a regional partnership has formed that will make multiple use of the reclaimed water produced at the plant. Dry weather and wet weather uses are proposed among the five regional partners. This paper summarizes dynamics of this innovative regional approach to deliver reclaimed water for irrigation, downstream augmentation, maintaining minimum stream flows, and wetland enhancement. All of the uses will offset demands for potable water. The paper addresses supply and demand issues, infrastructure issues, and describes procedures used in selecting routes for over 20 miles of transmission pipelines up to 48 inches in diameter.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.2175/193864705783869501

Publication date: 2005-01-01

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