Tampa will discuss water reuse plan that has been called “toilet to tap”

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Hillsborogh River in downtown Tampa. By Seán Kinane.

The plan

Tampa Mayor Jane Castor is proposing a plan to reuse partially treated wastewater. City Council will discuss the plan Thursday.

The mayor is asking for about $1.5 million but the total cost could be $500 million.

Now about 50 million gallons a day of partially treated water is dumped into Tampa Bay.

If approved

According to the Tampa Bay Times, if the plan is approved all or part of those 50 million gallons would be further cleaned then sent down into the aquifer and then pumped back into a reservoir on the Hillsborough River.

Some people have called plans like this “toilet to tap.”

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