Work begins on backup pipeline
By Times staff
ODESSA -- Work began last month on a $14.2-million addition to the pipeline that delivers millions of gallons of water each day to St. Petersburg and northwest Hillsborough County.
Construction on the first section of line, from State Road 54 in Pasco County to Tarpon Springs Road, started on May 13. The work is part of a four-phase, 8.8-mile project that will keep the water system running smoothly in case the existing system breaks down, Tampa Bay Water Spokeswoman Michelle Biddle said.
"You always want to have a backup," she said.
Other phases will extend the new line to the Cosme Water Treatment Plant near Race Track Road by early next year. Construction work, scheduled for 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., may cause occasional delays on Tarpon Springs, Boy Scout and Race Track roads.
The Cosme wellfield is one of 11 area wellfields providing water to residents of Pasco, Hillsborough and Pinellas counties. Under an agreement with the Southwest Florida Water Management District, Tampa Bay Water must reduce pumping from those wellfields from 158-million gallons per day to 121-million gallons per day by the end of this year, and 90-million gallons per day by 2008.
Japanese royalty visits Tampa Rotary
TAMPA PALMS -- Royalty visited the New Tampa Rotary club last week.
Nambu Toshiaki, head of the Japanese House of Nambu, addressed Rotary members Friday morning at the Tampa Palms Country Club as part of a Rotary exchange program.
A descendant of the imperial family -- who no longer holds official power in Japan -- Nambu traces their family tree back to the sixth century.
Although he is referred to as the Tonosama or Tono, which means "count," Nambu is also a businessman. In Japan he serves as the president of Nambu Kosan Co. -- John Balz, Josh Zimmer
Railroad repairs to affect Anderson Road traffic
TOWN 'N COUNTRY -- Scheduled repairs to the CSX Railroad Crossing at Anderson Road will affect not only vehicles using Anderson, but also those that exit the Veterans Expressway at Anderson.
Motorists who normally exit at Anderson can instead exit at Waters Avenue, Linebaugh Avenue or Wilsky Road.
CSX will replace the tracks, ties and surface under the ties, a process that includes drilling holes in the road surface. Repairs will be made to the tracks at Waters Avenue later in the month.
Construction begins Monday and will continue for two weeks.
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