Region's lowest water rates may rise

By Times Staff
Published May 29, 2007

TAMPA - The party is over for Tampa water customers.

Their rates now are among the lowest in the region. But that's likely to change.

With the city under pressure to encourage conservation, pay for repairs to leaky pipes and give more freshwater to the Hillsborough River, Mayor Pam Iorio wants to increase water charges.

The city has already spent millions from its reserve funds to buy water to meet demand that can't be met by withdrawals from the Hillsborough River, the city's primary source of drinkable water. The total price tag this year will be between $5-million and $10-million. Iorio wants to recoup that money from customers, which could add about $36 to $72 a year to water bills.


Coast Guard to honor crew lost in 1967

CLEARWATER - The public is invited to Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater at 1 p.m. today for a memorial ceremony honoring six Coast Guardsmen who died in the Gulf of Mexico during a search-and-rescue mission on March 5, 1967.

The HU-16E Albatross was dispatched from St. Petersburg. It crashed 22 miles east of Apalachicola.