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Tampa Bay Water will appeal reservoir lawsuit they lost listen

06/20/12 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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On Monday in Clearwater the Tampa Bay Water board of directors voted to appeal a lawsuit they lost against the company they feel is responsible for the cracks in the region's failed reservoir. The board met in private with legal counsel for a little over one hour before making the decision.

Tampa Bay Water lost its lawsuit against HDR Engineering in April. The region's water utility claims HDR is responsible for cracks in the [C.W. B...

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Tampa Bay Water will see HDR Engineering in court; hopes to retrieve $90 million or so listen

02/20/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Cracks in the new C.W. Bill Young Regional Reservoir were found in 2006. Then, Tampa Bay Water filed suit against the companies responsible for the damages including HDR Engineering. After a series of back and forth negotiations, the Tampa Bay Water Board voted unanimously today to approve an expedited process called a summary jury trial. The lawyer Tampa Bay Water has hired for the case, Ri...

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Tampa Bay Water approves $162 million to fix regional reservoir listen

08/15/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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After years of planning and negotiation, Tampa Bay Water has finally approved a $162 million contract to fix the C.W. Bill Young Regional Reservoir. Tampa Bay Water general manager Gerald Seeber said the plan will not only increase water storage capacity, but also help prepare for future drought. Now that the contract was approved, it will go to design and permitting over the next year.

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Long Process of Repairing Tampa Bay Reservoir Continues. listen

04/19/10 Matthew Cimitile
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The Tampa Bay Water Board held a public meeting this morning in Pinellas County. They discussed the reservoir, and progress on its renovation.

Over three and a half years ago, the first cracks—measuring 1,900 feet—were discovered at the newly erected C.W. Bill Young Regional Reservoir in Hillsborough County. John Kennedy, a Tampa Bay Water engineer and project manager, said the cracks b...

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Reclaimed water could be cleaner than many think listen

02/16/10 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Dirty water may mean disgust, illness and waste for many, but with treatment, it could be made suitable for reuse. Last night the University of South Florida joined city officials with scientists and water management authorities to discuss the future of using reclaimed water in Tampa.

Reclaimed water can be used for many purposes other than just giving people water to drink. It can be used for irrigation, creating wetlands, and can be injected underground to ward off salt water intrusion....

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Apollo Beach Desalination Plant Finally Up and Running listen

02/15/10 Concetta DeLuco
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The Apollo Beach Desalination plant has finally passed some important hurdles. This morning the Tampa Bay Water board received updates on several of its other alternative water supply projects including the C.W. Bill Young reservoir.

The desalination plant was designed to generate 25 million gallons of water per day. Today, the plant is able to meet final requirements and hopes to receive $21 million plus $10 million in interest from the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD...

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Rock Mines threaten Everglades Restoration Plans listen

01/25/10 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Limestone rock mining in Florida provides critical components for housing and highway construction. But environmentalists have some concrete concerns as rock mining impacts the Florida Aquifers and Everglades restoration.

Earlier this month Obama administration officials attended a groundbreaking ceremony for the Picayune Strand Restoration project. It will attempt to restore a natural water flow th...

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Tampa Bay Water Board meeting updates the reservoirs renovation status listen

12/14/09 Lauren Martinez
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The largest reservoir in Florida was supposed to be the standard for future reservoirs. However, interior cracks appeared on the surface of the $140 million facility just one year after completion in 2005. During today’s Tampa Bay Water board meeting, members hashed out details on how to repair the reservoir.

John Kennedy, the Tampa Bay Water Engineer and Project Manager for the renovation project updated the reservoir's status. Originally they were in contract with the National Research ...

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Drought and water restrictions continue says SWFWMD listen

11/06/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Despite a moderate amount of summer rain, the west Central Florida region is still in a multi-year drought entering the winter dry season. That means water restrictions are still in place throughout the entire Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD). According to SWFWMD spokesperson Robyn Felix, the restrictions are most severe in Hillsborough, Pinellas, and Pasco Counties.

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Tampa Bay Water faces potential fine listen

08/17/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Last spring Tampa Bay Water exceeded its permit for pumping water out of the ground. The regional water wholesaler now faces the threat of a one million dollar fine from the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFMD). But SWFWMD has not yet decided whether to issue sanctions.

In the spring, Tampa Bay Water needed to pump more groundwater because of the intense drought and lower-than-expected production from alterna...

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