Water-Related News

City, TECO plan $1.5 million in electrical upgrades to Tampa water plant

TAMPA – Improving the reliability of electrical service to the city's David L. Tippin Water Treatment Facility could cost the city and Tampa Electric Co. a total of $1.5 million, officials said Thursday [May 23rd].

The water treatment plant lost power Feb. 22 after a squirrel gnawed into a power line and set off a cascading series of problems. The outage led to an unprecedented 37-hour advisory for residents citywide to boil their water.

In its wake, the city and TECO each hired their own electrical experts to study what happened and make recommendations for improvements.

As a result, TECO plans $1 million in upgrades, including burying its power lines from 30th Street to the plant, better protecting its equipment from animals and weather, and upgrading testing procedures on equipment that serves the plant as well as circuits, breakers and relays.