TAMPA BAY WATER RESPONDS TO COUNTY COMMISSION-Andrew Stelzer

07/01/04

Yesterday, as reported by WMNF, the Hillsborough county commission voted to extend the once a week lawn watering restriction for unincorporated Hillsborough County. The commission also voted to send a letter to Tampa Bay water, expressing extreme displeasure at the company for failing to meet the county’s master plan, and holding Tampa Bay water accountable for the water shortage, because several of their projects have not been completed as quickly as promised. There were also accusations that Tampa Bay water ignored a county estimate of how much water would be needed, and chose their own lower number a few years ago, so that their contract now doesn’t force the utility to supply as much water as Hillsborough citizens need.

Today WMNF’s Andrew Stelzer spoke with Michelle Robinson, spokesperson for Tampa Bay Water, to get the companies side of the story. He started by asking Robinson to respond to the commission’s accusations that Tampa Bay water was not fulfilling is obligation to provide enough water to Hillsborough county residents.

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That was Michelle Robinson, spokesperson for Tampa Bay Water. Robinson also added that the Brandon south central pipeline will be on-line early next week, 15 months behind schedule.

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