Tampa residents will soon see their water rates increase â€“ but reclaimed rates might drop
A proposal that will nearly double water rates for Tampa citizens over the next 5 years will go before the City Council in August.
But today, Steve Dagnault, the Cityâ€™s administrator for public works and utility services, said the city is considering lowering the price of reclaimed water, to encourage more residents and businesses to use it .(roll tape#1 o.q.â€by using reclaimedâ€)
Tampa's reclaimed water project , known as STAR 1, ,has seen far fewer participants than city officials had hoped, prompting the city to subsidize the pipes and infrastructure required to get reclaimed water to users. Encouraging more participants to use reclaimed water would help the environment and could eventually decrease overall water bills
Public Works Administrator Steve Dagnault also said that the city has been using a consultant to speak with large consumers of water in Tampa about getting them on reclaimed water â€“ which he says , will help out with the drinking water demands of the entire city (roll tape#2 o.q.â€. on the reclaimed water â€œ)
Dagnault said that the company building the ethanol plant on Port Sutton, Enviro Fuels, donâ€™t want to pay for the infrastructure, and will pay a higher rate. However, Tampa International Airport will help pay to connect pipes to their facility, as long as theyâ€™re rate is discounted.
The proposal should go to the Tampa City Council for approval in August