Tampa City Council discusses reclaimed water

09/04/08 Mitch E. Perry
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Earlier this year, Mayor Pam Iorio's administration indicated that the city was interested in making some of its reclaimed water available to a private company that would then sell it to other local governments and businesses.

But shortly after that news was made public, Iorio pulled back, saying she wants to keep most of that water in Tampa.

Today the issue resurfaced. Councilmember Mary Mulhern said she wanted to know what the city’s plans actually were with the valuable resource.

Councilman Charlie Miranda said Iorio began a study months ago to determine what’s the best use of the reclaimed water and the best way to distribute it. He says that study has yet to be completed.

Mulhern asked if the city was doing anything regarding putting wastewater into the Florida acquifer.

Tampa’s administrator of Public Works Steve Dagnault said it was not. He said the Southwest Florida Water Management District (Swiftmud) is working on an engineering analysis of that proposal.

Councilwoman Linda Saul-Sena said she recently learned that the concept of reclaimed water being put into the acquifer is a Swiftmud plan, not the city’s.

Miranda said reclaimed water is a valuable asset that many other governments in the area don’t have.

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