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Tampa Bay Water to present plans for wells

By Times staff writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published January 5, 2003

SEMINOLE -- Representatives from Tampa Bay Water will give a presentation to the City Council on the agency's plans to pump brackish water from wells to a desalination plant. The public workshop will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Seminole Community Library, 9199 113th St. N.

Tampa Bay Water wants to produce about 6-million gallons of water per day from 14 wells that would supply the brackish water. Brackish water has lower salt content than seawater and is cheaper to clean.

The water would be pumped through pipelines to a desalination plant, which would be built in the area of 102nd Avenue N and 66th Street in Pinellas Park. The water wouldn't be ready for delivery until spring 2006.

Tampa Bay Water officials have trimmed a list of about 40 potential well sites to 17 preferred sites and 11 alternate sites. They are on public and private properties in an area south of East Bay Drive, north of Park Boulevard, east of Lake Seminole and west of 66th Street.

The locations include churches, public schools, Lake Seminole Park, Bardmoor Golf Course and sections along the CSX railroad track. The wells will be about 300 feet deep.

The project is part of Tampa Bay Water's efforts to meet the area's long-term drinking needs.

In Apollo Beach in Hillsborough County, a desalination plant capable of generating 25-million gallons a day of tap water soon will start delivering drinking water. And officials are pursuing a second, 25-million-gallon desalination plant, which is planned for a site where the Anclote River flows into the Gulf of Mexico.

Tampa Bay Water supplies drinking water to St. Petersburg, Tampa and New Port Richey, and to Pinellas, Pasco and Hillsborough counties.

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