Water-Related News

Water plant project prompts call for conservation in central, south Hillsborough County March 3-9

Hillsborough County water customers in the south and central part of the county are being asked to limit non-essential water use next week in order to help meet demand while major construction work takes place at the Lithia Water Treatment Plant.

Next week, work crews will be tying the water plant into a new hydrogen sulfide removal facility that is under construction on the plant grounds. In order to complete the work, which includes cutting two major pipelines, a Tampa Bay Water wellfield which serves the plant must be shut down.

Customers will continue to receive water from other sources, but are being asked to conserve, starting Sunday, in order to ensure there is enough water to meet demand and to avert a precautionary boil water notice. Customers may also experience lower-than-usual water pressure during the week.

The Lithia Water Treatment Plant provides an average of 22 million gallons of drinking water a day to 332,000 residents in the Public Utilities Department’s South-Central Service Area. The service area covers many communities south of Interstate 4, including Brandon, Apollo Beach, Riverview, Ruskin and Sun City Center.

Tips for conserving during the tie-in include:

  • Unless using reclaimed water, skip a day of lawn watering or turn off sprinkler systems altogether.
  • Don’t wash vehicles.
  • Delay putting in new plantings or lawn treatments that require watering in.
  • Reschedule pressure washing.

The new hydrogen sulfide removal facility is a Tampa Bay Water project to improve water quality. Once the facility is in operation in August, County customers in south and central Hillsborough County will receive water with improved quality, odor and taste. The new treatment facility is designed to remove hydrogen sulfide and its characteristic rotten egg smell from groundwater supplied to the Lithia plant.